emergency shelter relief

Abstract: An easy-to-erect emergency shelter solution that temporarily re-uses existing ‘shelter starter packs’ that the Western Cape authorities give low-income home-owners following township fires whilst these displaced residents wait to rebuild on site. 

Problem: The city’s current solution to emergency shelter (large tent marquee’s) doesn’t offer effective, efficient, or sustainable temporary shelter solutions to those who need it most whilst costing the city a lot of money. 

Project guidelines: 

  • Improve on current shelter solution
  • Save city money
  • Quick and easy to build
  • Modular unit (individual + groups) 
  • Temporary by nature


Raising money for The Hout Bay fire

On the morning of the 11th March 2017 a fire swept through Imizamo Yethu township. The fire destroyed 3500 homes - one of which was the home of Nesta, a part time employee at Thingking. To help raise awareness and funds for those affected by this tragedy Thingking built this gizmo that accepts SnapScan payments. In partnership with Thingking we are looking into using part of these funds to develop a prototype for the proposed emergency shelter in order to provide victims of disasters such as the Hout Bay fire with a dignified and appropriate temprorary housing solution. 

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