Alexandra residents are trying to salvage what is left after a fire swept through the informal settlement on 6 December 2018. Picture: EWN

Alexandra residents who lost all their belongings in a fire that ripped through the township are trying to rebuild their homes before the worst of the rain.

The fire ripped through the township on Thursday night.

Humanitarian organisations, including Gift of the Givers, are now in the area assisting those who lost their belongings in the fire.

The Gift of the Givers says more than 700 shacks have been destroyed and over 2,000 people have been displaced.


The humanitarian organisation says that there’s a massive need for baby formula and food.

Those who want to donate goods can do so at the Alexandra and Sandton fire stations

For now, the cause of the blaze is still being investigated.

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