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Prototype fire detection device by Khusela.

Fire detectors to prevent shack fires wins International Innovation Prize

A low-cost fire detection device, designed in Cape Town, and specifically targeting shacks and townships has won the People’s Choice Award at the Global Social Venture 2014 Competition.

Langa Housing

Rebuilding & rethinking housing: The shack fires in the Langa Township

by Andrew Fleming
Another shack fire broke out in Cape Town’s townships last month, killing one woman and affecting 1,500 residents. Andrew Fleming reports on the City’s response and the attitude of residents, and reviews some recent initiatives that may alleviate the problem of shack fires in the short and long terms.
One life and 365 informal […]