Marizka Coetzer
2 minute read
20 Apr 2021
5:15 am

UCT students in limbo after Table Mountain fires

Marizka Coetzer

University of Cape Town spokesman Elijah Moholola has confirmed that all academic activities have been suspended but could not confirm the extent of the fire damage yet.

The University of Cape Town’s Jagger Library, which housed thousands of theses, artworks and precious documents, was gutted by the fire. Picture: Ashraf Hendricks/GroundUp

  University of Cape Town (UCT) students will be in limbo regarding studies and exams for some time as the university counts its losses from the devastating fire which swept through the Table Mountain National Park, burning cars and several buildings. The fire had yet to be properly contained by last night. Anton Bredell, the MEC for local government, environmental affairs and development planning in the Western Cape, said the South African National Defence Force was activated yesterday. “At the moment, the wind is too strong and it is not safe to fly the helicopters. As soon as the weather...