Thick smoke billows from fire on atop Cape Town's Table Mountain

Fire fighters dey try quench di fire fir di Table Mountain

Fire fighters dey try quench di fire fir di Table Mountain

Di wildfire wey dey burn for South Africa Table Mountain don force University of Cape Town to evacuate dia students from campus.

The scene this morning around University of Cape Town, Sunday April 18, 2021.

The university, ranked among the best on the continent, is largely built on the slopes of Devil's Peak and is situated close to where the fire started.

City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson Jermaine Carelse said fire crews were alerted at 08:45 to a vegetation fire above Philip Kgosana Drive.

Teams from Working on Fire and the Table Mountain National Park were also called in to assist while three choppers water bombed the area. More disruptions were expected as firefighters tried to attend.

Fire fighters dey try quench di fire fir di Table Mountain
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More than 100 firefighters were sent to battle the blaze and two were hospitalised for treatment after sustaining burns, officials said.

The Rhodes Memorial restaurant has been damaged, and people have been advised to evacuate the area.

Four helicopters are water-bombing the flames.

"Di fire now dey out of control and we want make all di pipo wey geda to look make dem please no enta di area wey dem clea for emergency motr dem to pass", Carelse tok. According to Anton Bredell, minister of local government, environmental affairs and development planning in the Western Cape: 'The public is urged to avoid the area and allow the authorities to do their work.

Just off-campus on the slopes of Table Mountain, wind spread the flames across dry brush, and part of the Rhodes Memorial Restaurant caught fire, Cape Town media reported.

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