Affected fire victims to be resettled

Viable alternatives

22 July 2021 | Local News

Archie Benjamin; Swakopmund CEO; “One of the alternatives is to build shelters where the fire took place.”

Swakopmund • [email protected]


The CEO of Swakopmund, Archie Benjamin, says that the victims of the recent DRC informal settlement fire will soon be relocated to another space.

According to Benjamin, an emergency meeting was held between the Swakopmund municipality and the local constituency office to deliberate on mitigation measures for the fire victims, who are currently residing at the Mondesa sports field.

“One of the alternatives is to build shelters where the fire took place. The municipality and constituency office are galvanising funding to construct these structures in the shortest possible time,” he said.

The CEO added that some of the victims prefer not to return to the site where the fire took place.

“Those victims that prefer not to return, can be relocated to Extension 43 behind DRC and their structures can be constructed there.”

Benjamin said that the Swakopmund town council is in the process of addressing housing for low to ultra-low income earners by constructing social houses in the DRC informal settlement as approved by the master-housing list.

In the meantime, the fire victims continue to receive food and other donations since moving to the Mondesa sports field on Friday. They currently reside in nine tens provided to them by the town council. Namibia Breweries has also stepped in to help by donating a large tent as well as water.

The victims, who lost all their belongings in the blaze, were also offered matrasses and blankets.

Although there were no fatalities, 33 shacks were destroyed in the fire last Friday.

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