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More than 500 hectares of land destroyed in Table Mountain fire

The fire has been largely contained with firefighting efforts now focused on Deer Park and the Disa Park towers in Vredehoek.
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Table Mountain Fire

SANParks estimates that more than 500 hectares of wildland has been destroyed in Cape Town in the fire that started on Table Mountain.

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According to SANParks, 80% of the fire had been contained by 6pm on Monday.

While speaking on Cape Talk on Tuesday SANParks spokesperson Reynold Thakhuli said the extent of the damage is still being assessed.

“Over 500 hectares had been burned but we still need to go in and determine the cost of the damage.”

“This morning we’ll get to know whether there is additional land or additional areas that have been burned,” Thakhuli said.

The blaze broke out on Sunday morning near the Cecil Rhodes memorial.

The University of Cape Town’s Jagger Library and its reading room were burnt down on Sunday.

The historic Mostert’s Mill, the oldest mill in Cape Town was also destroyed by the fire.

 

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