Scores of Khayelitsha and Du Noon residents in Cape Town were left homeless after fires ripped through the informal settlements on Monday and in the early hours of Tuesday.
Cape Town firefighters battled to contain the blazes this New Year’s morning, as wind speeds reached up to 90km/h in some places.
In Khayelitsha, there were giant plumes of smoke in the air, making it difficult for motorists to see the road clearly.
Witnesses have told Eyewitness News residents were on the roofs of their shacks trying to contain the blaze.
Officials were still attempting to extinguish the fire at 8.30am.
At the same time, spokesperson for the Cape Town Disaster Management Centre - Wilfred Solomons-Johannes – said dozens of residents of Du Noon, outside Milnerton in Cape Town, were also been affected by a fire that started this morning.
Solomons-Johannes said nearly 100 shacks were gutted when the fire rapidly spread through the eThembeni informal settlement.
“At this stage, it is unclear how many people are affected.”
No fatalities have been reported.
It was not immediately known what caused either of the blazes.