A fire has broken out on the mountain slopes in Simon’s Town in the Cape Peninsula. Fire and Rescue spokesperson Jermaine Carelse says the fire area has been divided into three divisions to make operations more manageable. He says two Oryx helicopters were requested from Ysterplaat Air Force base to[…]
Firefighters in Cape Town are threatening to cut their working hours if the City of Cape Town refuses to heed their demands. Firefighters are arguing that the City is underpaying them by refusing to pay them for the full hours worked, while the City insists that the current “crisis” is[…]
Around 100 off-duty firefighters who gathered at the Cape Town Civic Centre this week have pleaded for the City to hear their grievances about a standby allowance and working conditions. With security already tight at the centre because of the MyCiTi bus strike, a few representatives were eventually let in[…]
A firefighter died while battling a blaze on the slopes of Table Mountain on Sunday. The woman, whose name is known to News24, is suspected to have suffered a heart attack but this has not yet been confirmed, mayoral committee member for safety, security and social services JP Smith said.[…]
After two days of devastating fires across the Garden Route –- which saw thousands of residents displaced and more than 300 lose their homes -– locals and emergency workers could breathe a hopeful sigh of relief on Thursday night when most fires had been contained. The worst affected areas include[…]
Many residents from the Somerset West area worked themselves to a “standstill” as fires wreaked havoc. Ward councillor Stuart Pringle said it was “astounding to see” neighbourhood watch groups mobilise to deliver supplies to fire-fighters and volunteers. They also assisted with evacuation operations. He said that while the fires are[…]
Thick smoke from fires raging in the Somerset West area covered the Cape Peninsula on Wednesday morning. Helicopters and fixed-wing planes were back on the scene in the early morning hours, while firefighters were on duty overnight to douse the flames on the upper slopes of the mountain in Somerset[…]
Families forced to evacuate their Fish Hoek homes on Thursday night, fear they may have to do so again as a fire continues to burn on the adjacent mountain. Residents on Mountain and Contour roads were told to leave on Thursday afternoon as the then-uncontained blaze burnt dangerously close to[…]
Extreme weather conditions have kept Western Cape firefighters on their feet for the past 10 days. “Shortly after the beginning of the new year, conditions have steadily worsened. High speed winds and very dry conditions are making areas particularly vulnerable to runaway fires,” said Western Cape Environmental Affairs MEC Anton[…]
About 200 firefighters would spend Monday night fighting the flames in and around Scarborough, Cape Town, city officials said. The fire had spread to Ocean View, Misty Cliffs, and Kommetjie and was being fanned by a strong south-easterly wind, said spokesperson Liezl Moodie. The fire gained momentum since it began[…]
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