DSD assessing damage after Sivuyile fire | Western Cape Government


DSD assessing damage after Sivuyile fire

29 January 2024

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) is assessing the extent of the fire damage to its Sivuyile residential facility for people with profound disabilities.

The fire, which affected two buildings, broke out at 10am on Thursday morning. Due to the quick intervention of staff, all 110 residents – most who are bed or wheelchair bound – were evacuated to safety within minutes. No injuries were sustained by residents or staff.

The fire damaged two buildings, causing a large part of the roof to collapse. Supplies such as medical equipment, bedding, mattresses, clothing and toys were destroyed in the fire and subsequent water damage. The two affected buildings are uninhabitable, however, the residents are being accommodated in other buildings on the Stikland premises.

Dr Robert Macdonald, Western Cape Head of Department of Social Development, said, "I extend my sincere thanks to the Sivuyile team who remained calm and moved the residents to safety, and very quickly set up temporary alternative accommodation to ensure the continuation of services. The Western Cape Departments of Infrastructure and Health and Wellness have extended their assistance and DSD is working closely with these departments to plot the way forward."

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Media Enquiries: 

Esther Lewis

Department of Social Development

Head of Communications