Western Cape residents, living in informal settlements and townships, are continuously educated on how to fire-proof their homes to help avoid a loss of life or property in the Winter months.

Chief Director of Disaster Management, Colin Deiner says except for installing easy-to-use fire detectors in informal households, residents are also advised to stop using highly-flammable liquids such as paraffin for their cooking and heating needs.

Deiner says easy-to-install and cost-effective solutions work best.

He says the fires, once started, easily spread to other shacks in the vicinity.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) says it is concerned about the sudden increase in Covid-19 infections in sub-Saharan African countries.

The organization warns that many sub-Saharan African countries will see a significant increase in infections as people start spending more time indoors due to the colder winter temperatures.

Director at the WHO Regional Office for Africa, Doctor Matshidiso Moeti says 11 African countries, including South Africa, Namibia and Zambia have reported an increase in infections over the last 2 weeks.

Moeti has urged first-world countries to release as many doses of their excess Covid-19 vaccines to help Southern African countries stave off a third wave of infections.

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