NATIONAL NEWS - South Africans have come together to help where they can in the wake of the fire in Cape Town that has destroyed the Rhodes Memorial restaurant and the University of Cape Town (UCT) library.
UCT students were on Sunday evacuated from the campus as the fire continued to spread.
The city of Cape Town said on Monday morning the fire had now spread towards the Vredehoek area as a result of the South Easter winds.
“The wind speed increased from about 2am this morning and additional fire crews are now stationed at Pepper Tree and Chelmsford area. More than 250 firefighters from the vity, Table Mountain National Park (TMNP), Working on Fire and the Volunteer Wildfire Services remain on the ground fighting the fire on various fronts,” the city said.
The incident has left South Africans coming together to help firefighters battling the blaze and those affected by it.
According to the TMNP manager Frans van Rooyen, community members and businesses came out in numbers on Sunday at the Newlands firebase to drop off food, water, energy drinks and other necessities.
“This is highly appreciated and anyone who still wants to donate can drop off donations at the Newlands firebase off the M3 highway,” said Van Rooyen.
The Gift of the Givers said it had fed 4,000 UCT students and further called on the public to donate essential items such as soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste.
“Gift of the Givers has been requested to provide three meals a day for the next seven days, a task we welcome with great joy in serving the future leaders of our nation. The cook was amazing, got his team together at short notice, purchased ingredients late Sunday afternoon, cleaned, cut, prepared and cooked chicken, mutton and vegetable akni to accommodate diverse dietary requirements as best we could,” the organisation said.
“The volunteers came in their numbers to the Gift of the Givers office at 8pm to package the meals, while our medical teams emphasised social distancing (Covid-19 hasn’t gone anywhere) and even lent a hand at dishing out. Meals were delivered door to door at the various hotels. The requests for soap, toothpaste and personal hygiene items are overwhelming.”