Imizamo Yethu 2017

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On 11 March 2017, one of the largest fires to have happened in a South African informal settlement ravaged through Imizamo Yethu, Cape Town. Photographer Justin Sullivan documented the mass of firefighters (some 170) who struggled to control the wildfire, and the irreparable damage caused to the 15,000 displaced peoples and their property.

In 2018, Lloyd’s Register Foundation announced their funding of The Fire Engineering Education for Africa (FEEFA) programme at Stellenbosch University; the first-ever university postgraduate programme in fire safety in Africa. Addressing the lack of expertise in local fire engineering, which has resulted in regular large informal settlement (slum) fires, FEEFA develops both fire safety specialists and acts as a central hub of expertise that emanates across the continent.

The work pursued by the FEEFA programme only adds to the poignancy of Sullivan’s images; Safety measures could, indeed should, have been available and implemented.

In conversation with Stellenbosch University; Fire Engineering Education for Africa (FEEFA)

Photographs by Justin Sullivan

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Installation overview
Woman viewing photograph
Woman viewing photograph
Close up of photograph
Woman viewing photograph
Woman viewing photograph
Men fighting fire
Man escaping smoke
Men fighting fire
Interior of home on fire
Viewing down a street with homes on fire
Man standing in front of blaze
Homes on fire
Man fighting fire
Child crying
Fire fighter spraying water
Overview of destruction
People evacuating homes in smoke
People evaculating with fire in the background
People evacuating with fire in the background
Helicopters putting out fire over destroyed buildings