WATCH | Local Documentary ‘The Cape of Flames’ investigates the city’s recent blaze

The Cape Of Flames
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Last month’s mountain fire – believed to have started above Philip Kgosana Drive and Hospital Bend – wreaked havoc at UCT and in the suburbs of Vredehoek, Devil’s Peak and surrounding areas.

The damage caused was historic, with the flames engulfing UCT’s iconic Jagger Library destroying 80% of the African Studies Collection. The historic Mostert’s Mill was also completely ruined while a large percentage of fauna and flora were killed as alien vegetation fuelled the flames.

SANParks has been criticised in the aftermath. The organisation has been blamed for improper fire management, ignoring warning signs, and a lack of control and protocol in place around people starting fires on the mountain slopes.

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Sunday, 18 April, marked the start of a gruelling three-day battle against runaway mountain fires in the Mother City. The fires would destroy priceless cultural heritage buildings and raise questions about the management and preservation of Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain range.” News24 YouTube -The Cape of Flames

News24’s brand new documentary ‘The Cape of Flames – it takes just one spark to ignite a catastrophe’, “looks back on the event as it unfolds and asks whether preservation of the Stone Pines on the slopes of Table Mountain can be justified.”

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