by Giulia Gasperoni
Yesterday, 18th April 2021, just before 9am a vagrant fire started at the foot of Table Mountain.
The fire spread around the Rhodes memorial restaurant, destroying several buildings and landmarks, including the Mostert Mill and part of the UCT Library. Many students were evacuated as upper campus buildings were also damaged by the fire.
Throughout the day and the following night the Fire and Rescue department has worked tirelessly, with the help of four helicopters that waterbombed the area.
Earlier this morning residents of Vredehoek were also evacuated, due to the fire spreading in that direction. The strong wind today is not helping.
The Cape of Good Hope SPCA is also on site, helping with injured wildlife.
If you can, please assist with donations via www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/project/uct-support