Climate change almost doubles the risk of wildfires in Cape Town, study shows

Fire Weather Index prior to 2021 UCT fire was highest ever recorded during autumn in Cape Town.


News | 6 March 2023

Mostert’s Mill rises from the ashes while UCT library gutted by fire remains deserted

Little progress has been made restoring Jagger Library and other torched buildings


News | 6 March 2023

Masiphumelele struggles to rebuild after devastating fire

About 1,800 people were left homeless in the second fire to rip through the township in less than a month


News | 22 November 2022

“We just ran for safety,” says fire victim

Nompumelelo Maqhulumane is among nearly 160 left homeless by a fire in Buffalo City on Sunday


Brief | 8 November 2022

Fire crew attacked responding to blaze where toddler died

The five-year-old boy was home alone with his three-year-old brother when the fire started


Brief | 11 July 2022

Fire finishes off Motherwell library

The library has been closed since the start of the pandemic


Brief | 7 July 2022

Six children and two adults die in Cape Town shack fires

Three fires in West Bank, Nyanga and Philippi also left scores of people homeless

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News | 4 July 2022

Woman dies trying to save her family

Mfuleni family loses three members in a fire. Two children are still fighting for their lives in hospital.


Brief | 29 June 2022

Yeoville Market fire was a xenophobic attack, say activists and stall owners

Many immigrant entrepreneurs lost their livelihoods in the fire


News | 24 June 2022

Over a thousand people lose their homes in devastating shack fire

Mayco Member alleges that firefighting effort was hampered by people cutting fire hoses


News | 17 April 2022

Fire leaves 200 families homeless in Strand

A blaze fanned by high winds swept through Solly’s Town on Wednesday night


News | 17 March 2022

Father burnt in shack fire saving son

About 27 families lost their homes in a blaze on Saturday morning in Khayelitsha


Brief | 7 March 2022

Five friends die in Khayelitsha shack fire

Families devastated


Brief | 18 February 2022

Masiphumelele families battle to rebuild homes after blaze

City of Cape Town says it can’t provide fire kits due to National Government budget cuts


Brief | 1 February 2022

There have been nearly 1,200 shack fires in Cape Town this year, claiming over 80 lives

The City used to provide kits swiftly for fire victims but the end of a grant means that SASSA has taken this over, and help comes much slower


News | 16 September 2021