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    Default Huge fire on Table Mountain

    Big fire in heavily wooded areas from Groote Schuur all the way across to Newlands Forset and around UCT

    Rhodes Memorial restaurant exploded and burnt down -hope this does not get into UCT

    3 helicopters doing very tough and dangerous work in thick smoke and against mountain -respect to them and all firefighters on a very hot day, and with wind picking up, on a very long day ahead.

    People have been advised to urgently evacuate all nearby areas on the mountain.

    https://www.capetownetc.com/news/rag...able-mountain/
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    Pic from earlier article, and from about an hour ago, and normal view from our walk!


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    I understand from local social media reports that UCT is evacuating.

    Please tell any staff you may know who have interests there
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    Default Re: Huge fire on Table Mountain

    UCT middle campus trees burning -and some buildings , by reports.
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    Very bad indeed !

    Wind is picking up, three buildings on fire at UCT -

    Fire Department gratefully accepting donations of bottled water, Energade type drinks( not fizzy drinks)snack/health bars and eye-drops-- -to drop at your local fire station-NOT to the scene.
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    This fire is proving devastating!

    Sadly Mostert's Mill has burnt down -built 1796
    -residential areas nearby being evacuated now, several houses burnt

    - impossible to see anything at all in the pall of smoke

    -view from RedCross Hospital a little while ago.

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    Default Re: Huge fire on Table Mountain

    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick L View Post
    Big fire in heavily wooded areas from Groote Schuur all the way across to Newlands Forset and around UCT

    Rhodes Memorial restaurant exploded and burnt down -hope this does not get into UCT

    3 helicopters doing very tough and dangerous work in thick smoke and against mountain -respect to them and all firefighters on a very hot day, and with wind picking up, on a very long day ahead.

    People have been advised to urgently evacuate all nearby areas on the mountain.

    https://www.capetownetc.com/news/rag...able-mountain/
    UCT Fuller Hall is burnt down plus Library > Fuller Hall is the oldest and most famous Girls Res and is situated on Rhodes Drive far from the outer Boundary at the back of the university >> 4000 Students in total have lost their accomodation from Fuller and other smaller res's

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    We would have been assured of at least 1 gold medal at the Olympics if destruction and vandalism was a national sport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SP1971 View Post
    We would have been assured of at least 1 gold medal at the Olympics if destruction and vandalism was a national sport.
    It is already a national sport in SA! Becoming an international sport if one looks at the US. Maybe in the Olympics soon
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    Default Re: Huge fire on Table Mountain

    I was in contact with UCT library staff through last night as my wife and I donated our entire video archive of hundreds of tapes of apartheid-era and democratic transition news and documentary footage to UCT some years ago as part of the African film archive. The Jagger library had most of their archive stored in concrete reinforced underground areas with automated fireproof roller shutter doors and they are hoping this willl have saved some of the valuable material, but as one of their senior archivists emailed me, "We are hoping the stores in the basements will be salvaged though we fear water damage."
    The heat damage is also a factor, especially with brittle manuscripts, film and video tape.
    But contrary to what has been said higher in this thread by some uninformed keyboard warriors, UCT had state-of-the-art fire protection for all its valuable collections, and for its hazardous areas like the Chem labs etc.
    In addition, much of the most valuable material has been digitised, so a record will still exist.
    The above-ground area that was destroyed was the reading room, where less-valuable texts etc were housed, and admin offices above that. They will be unable to access the rest of the archive until it has been declared safe, which may take several days.
    As worrying is that the Bolus Herbarium, which contains specimens of many now-extinct plants, was also apparently badly affected.
    As for the noise on Twitter, the sooner we all learn to ignore random crap on social media posted by lowlife idiots, the better. It makes your life a lot less stressful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Weaver View Post
    I was in contact with UCT library staff through last night as my wife and I donated our entire video archive of hundreds of tapes of apartheid-era and democratic transition news and documentary footage to UCT some years ago as part of the African film archive. The Jagger library had most of their archive stored in concrete reinforced underground areas with automated fireproof roller shutter doors and they are hoping this willl have saved some of the valuable material, but as one of their senior archivists emailed me, "We are hoping the stores in the basements will be salvaged though we fear water damage."
    The heat damage is also a factor, especially with brittle manuscripts, film and video tape.
    But contrary to what has been said higher in this thread by some uninformed keyboard warriors, UCT had state-of-the-art fire protection for all its valuable collections, and for its hazardous areas like the Chem labs etc.
    In addition, much of the most valuable material has been digitised, so a record will still exist.
    The above-ground area that was destroyed was the reading room, where less-valuable texts etc were housed, and admin offices above that. They will be unable to access the rest of the archive until it has been declared safe, which may take several days.
    As worrying is that the Bolus Herbarium, which contains specimens of many now-extinct plants, was also apparently badly affected.
    As for the noise on Twitter, the sooner we all learn to ignore random crap on social media posted by lowlife idiots, the better. It makes your life a lot less stressful.
    Tony, for what it's worth, my son, who is majoring in Bio, tells me that word from his lecturers is that the herbarium survived. It is early and I'm sure that it still needs to be assessed, but in the mean time, that's the news I got.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Weaver View Post
    I was in contact with UCT library staff through last night as my wife and I donated our entire video archive of hundreds of tapes of apartheid-era and democratic transition news and documentary footage to UCT some years ago as part of the African film archive. The Jagger library had most of their archive stored in concrete reinforced underground areas with automated fireproof roller shutter doors and they are hoping this willl have saved some of the valuable material, but as one of their senior archivists emailed me, "We are hoping the stores in the basements will be salvaged though we fear water damage."
    The heat damage is also a factor, especially with brittle manuscripts, film and video tape.
    But contrary to what has been said higher in this thread by some uninformed keyboard warriors, UCT had state-of-the-art fire protection for all its valuable collections, and for its hazardous areas like the Chem labs etc.
    In addition, much of the most valuable material has been digitised, so a record will still exist.
    The above-ground area that was destroyed was the reading room, where less-valuable texts etc were housed, and admin offices above that. They will be unable to access the rest of the archive until it has been declared safe, which may take several days.
    As worrying is that the Bolus Herbarium, which contains specimens of many now-extinct plants, was also apparently badly affected.
    As for the noise on Twitter, the sooner we all learn to ignore random crap on social media posted by lowlife idiots, the better. It makes your life a lot less stressful.
    Thanks Tony. Do you mind if I share this with a few Cape Town friends who are devastated by what they believe is the loss of the entire collection?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gungets Tuft View Post
    Thanks Tony. Do you mind if I share this with a few Cape Tien friends who are devastated by what they believe is the loss of the entire collection?
    No problem, but stress that it is still early days and they have not been able to get in yet to do a full assessment.
    Re the Bolus Herbarium, latest we are hearing is that while the Herbarium is intact, the roof has been destroyed and it is vulnerable to the elements, and the Plant Conservation Unit and ICWild have been burned out. Again, I must stress that that is unconfirmed.
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    On the bright side, no one lost their lives or a loved one?
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    A report and some pics - also adds : "A senior UCT staff member tweeted that the Bolus herbarium and library are safe"

    https://www.groundup.org.za/article/...and-knowledge/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    On the bright side, no one lost their lives or a loved one?
    I suppose so. But in this case, history artifacts etc to me are more important to lives, We are "expendable", with a finite life, especially in the new SA. For example, the library and it's contents are much more valuable to society than I would ever hope to be. This fire will no doubt result in plenty of financial and emotional hardship for many.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeml View Post
    I suppose so. But in this case, history artifacts etc to me are more important to lives, We are "expendable", with a finite life, especially in the new SA. For example, the library and it's contents are much more valuable to society than I would ever hope to be. This fire will no doubt result in plenty of financial and emotional hardship for many.
    UCT has Digital Copies of everything lost in the Library

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    This is the most up to date report that I could find

    https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/arti...secutive%20day
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