Simonsberg

Fighting a fire like taming a beast, says firefighter

Sixteen years ago, a young Johan Botha was on the frontline as a devastating inferno ravaged thousands of hectares of farmlands and vineyards in the Simonsberg area. “Today is like déjà vu,” the seasoned firefighter told News24 at the end of a gruelling 24-hour shift. He has remained at the[…]

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Farm houses in line of fire in Simonsberg blaze

A team of over 80 firefighters is battling to save farm houses from a blaze in the Simonsberg, which has been burning for the past three days. Stellenbosch municipality assistant fire chief Craig van Reenen told News24 the crew was prioritising protecting lives and homes currently in danger. “The team[…]

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