8 deaths in Cape storm

UPDATED: Five people have been killed, four of them in a fire caused by lightning on Wednesday as a massive stormed raged in the Western Cape.The four were killed in a blaze in Kraaifontein. In Lavender Hill, a 60-year-old man was killed when a home collapsed on him. Spokesperson for the[…]

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2 dead, hundreds displaced in fires

Two children died in a fire in an informal dwelling in Tafelsig Mitchell’s Plain in the early hours of Sunday morning. The structure was located at the back of a house at 30 Suurberg Crescent. The City of Cape Town’s fire services said the cause of fire has not been[…]

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Bainskloof pass reopened after fires

The Bainskloof pass has been reopened while the Du Toitskloof tunnel remains closed as fires blaze in the mountains, the Cape Winelands fire chief said on Monday. The Huguenot Tunnel is open to traffic. “The latest is that the fire that jumped to Bainskloof is probably under control,” Danie Wilds[…]

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More than 1000 firefighters working on W Cape fire programme

The environmental affairs department on Friday, sent a contingent of about 1000 firefighters from its Working on Fire (WoF) programme to assist with disaster management officials in containing fires raging across the Western Cape. “The fire crews, bolstered by aerial support, have been busy at multiple fires in Somerset West,[…]

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Somerset West fires cause over R50 million in damages

The fires which raged around Somerset West over the last three days have caused damage worth over R50 million. Seven houses and other dwellings were gutted. Mayoral Committee Member for Safety in the City of Cape Town, JP Smith, says fire fighting vehicles were also caught up in the fire.[…]

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400 left homeless in Cape Town fires

A fire on Monday night damaged two houses and destroyed 100 shacks in Athlone, the City of Cape Town has confirmed. Spokesperson Liezl Moodie said the blaze broke out at 21:40 at the Vygieskraal informal settlement in 8th Avenue, Belgravia Estate. About 400 people were displaced. No injuries were reported,[…]

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Arab Knesset members vow to ‘sue Netanyahu’

Members of the Joint List, a predominantly Arab electoral coalition in the Israeli parliament, have vowed to sue Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for “incitement” against Palestinian citizens of Israel during the recent large-scale fires that engulfed Israel and the occupied West Bank. “They [Israeli officials] called it a wave[…]

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Overnight fires leave 135 people displaced

Three early morning fires in Cape Town destroyed 48 homes and left 135 people displaced. Fire and Rescue services spokesperson Liezl Moodie on Sunday said firefighters responded to a blaze in Sam Njokozela Avenue, Bloekombos shortly after 02:30. “Three houses and six wood and iron structures were destroyed, affecting 15[…]

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