Starting from Table Mountain, the fire quickly spread to the eastern slopes, contacting the university, and then extending westward, approaching the city center.
The fire seems to have started from scratch. The homeless lit the fireplace. They were homeless. They separated and settled in the upper part of the city of Cape Town at dusk, sleeping in the park of Table Mountain, and tried their best to make it the most. Good condition. In this southern autumn, when the night is getting colder, they can.
In any case, this is the original hypothesis used to explain the origin of the fire. Since Sunday morning, April 18, the fire started from the suburbs of Devil’s Peak and from Cape Town to the east. Blocks ago “Mother City”, This is the first company founded by a new European immigrant, in this case an employee of VOC (Dutch East India Company), which established a gas station there in 1652.
The flame spread from Table Mountain (Table Mountain) to the east slope opposite the city center, and reached Rondebosch, Newlands and Rosebank (Rosebank) and other areas, so starting from Sunday, outside University of Cape Town (UCT) had an impact «Res» (Residence), students, some educational buildings and finally the Jagger Library. It contains unique works and documents. Is it badly damaged by the flame? Still keep a part of the collection? We will find out soon, but the prognosis is grim.
Professor Mamokgheti Phakeng, the vice-president (equivalent to the principal) of the university, said on Monday that she was worried that a large part of the collection related to research on the African continent would be lost, including some extremely rare works.
On the other hand, the mobilization of the UCT team allowed the evacuation of students (approximately 4,000) to proceed quickly before the flames arrived. The Solidarity Network is active with public services to accommodate and provide students who have been driven out by the fire. Private companies distribute food, townspeople provide assistance, and the non-governmental organization “Gift for the Giver” has deployed its team.
On Monday, people called for eye drops. Hundreds of firefighters began to miss eye drops. They used pine trees, their needles and the surrounding area to extinguish the flames in the dense smoke. The dense smoke even invaded the city center. spaceship (Plant cover unique to this area) catches fire at an uncontrollable rate.
On the night from Sunday to Monday, the fire spread to the other side of the mountain, to the west, with strong winds (speeds exceeding 50 km/h). Then, the furnace was lowered to a quarter of the so-called top. City bowl, Is a huge crescent-shaped building that constitutes the historic center of Cape Town.
Another symbol of the city is the three towers of Disa Park in the Vredehoek district on the edge of the vegetation. Seeing the fire approaching danger, the Oranjezicht district was once an orange tree plantation designed to provide VOC. Before becoming a residential area, sailors have to fight scurvy. Another trace of the past is the oldest mill in the city (1796), which was also charred.
History has many connections with this fire. From the first day, on Table Mountain, the fire has rushed to the area around the Rhodes Memorial. This is a special place to commemorate the memory of Cecil Rhodes, the adventurer who found himself in southern South Africa. Great Britain carved a great empire (made a fortune in South Africa or a country known as Zimbabwe after its independence and occupied an important position in it).
The Rhodes Memorial is one of the glorious colonial conquests, on the hillside. This does not prevent visitors from going there for tea or lunch to enjoy the beautiful scenery, but the existence of this monument is the subject of intense debate (after many demonstrations, the statue of Rhodes has been removed from UCT at the request of the students). This may be the only flame destruction that intoxicated the South African public, even though the destruction seems to have mainly occurred in…the tea room.