Shacks Burn Daily in Informal Settlements


About two shacks burn daily in the informal settlements. And it only takes three to five minutes for a shack to burn to the ground, says Chief of Emergency Management at the Windhoek Municipality, Raymond Kapia.

Kapia explained that in formal areas it’s unlikely that a house would burn, adding that the chances of fire in informal settlements are much higher compared to formal areas. He said it’s because formal areas are regulated while informal areas are not.

Kapia said that in formal areas they have fire safety inspectors and their strategy is prevention in the sense that they raise awareness and train the public. They also provide the public with information on how to reduce fire incidences.

New Era spoke to Kapia about the number of fire outbreaks in informal settlements compared to formal areas.