The Real Story Behind The Wildfires In Cape Town

“… Jagger Library contained 1.2 million volumes, including priceless and irreplaceable collections… Questions of how the bushfire could have reached stone buildings in the middle of the campus are yet to be answered.”

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Fire on the Foothills

Cape Town has been hit by a devastating wildfire. On Sunday morning, 18 April, at 8:45 am, the City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Services responded to a “vegetation fire” above the M3 motorway at Hospital Bend, opposite the famous Groote Schuur Hospital (where the world’s first heart transplant was performed).

Rhodes Memorial Engulfed in Flames

At first, it was windless and the fire looked containable. However, over the next three hours, the bush fire spread across the slopes of Devils Peak to Rhodes Memorial and from there towards the Rondebosch Upper Campus of University of Cape Town (UCT). The Rhodes Memorial Tea Garden and Restaurant went up in a fire ball as its gas canisters exploded.

The Oldest Windmill in the Southern Hemisphere Burned

The historic Mostert Mill, the oldest windmill in the Southern hemisphere, dating back to 1796, was burned when the fire jumped the M3 motorway. This historic windmill was repaired and donated to the people of the Cape over 120 years ago by Cecil John Rhodes. Two thatched house dwellings in Rosebank were also severely damaged as the fire spread from Mostert’s Mill to adjacent homes.

University Library and Buildings Go Up in Flames

Incredibly, six education buildings in the centre of the University of Cape Town were severely damaged by fire, even though these are stone buildings located in the middle of the campus and quite some distance from the veld fire.

Darkness at Midday

The midday sun was almost obliterated by the massive clouds of smoke. Great clouds of soot and ash fell throughout Rondebosch, including on our Mission grounds as people rushed to close windows and doors, to keep the smoke and ash out.

Helicopters Waterbomb the Fire

It was like a war zone with great clouds of smoke and the regular sounds of helicopters flying above. Huey helicopters from the Wildfire Services in Newlands Forest flew repeatedly overhead, each carrying buckets of a thousand litres of water at a time, to water bomb the inferno raging on the slopes of Devil’s Peak.

Fire Fighters Struggle to Contain the Inferno

By late on Sunday night, more than 250 fire fighters from the City of Cape Town, Table Mountain National Park (TMNP), Working on Fire and the Volunteer Wildfire Services were struggling to contain the inferno, which was described as: “out of control.”

Arsonist Arrested

At 8:10 pm, a suspected arsonist was apprehended by a man and his children walking their dogs. Of the three suspects seen starting a new blaze above Vredehoek, on the other side of the mountain, one 35-year-old man was taken into custody, but the two other suspects managed to evade arrest.

Homes Evacuated in the Middle of the Night

At 2 am, on Monday, 19 April, gale force winds picked up and Vredehoek residents in the line of the approaching fire were ordered to evacuate. Hundreds of residents began pouring out of their homes in the early hours of the morning, with children, pets and belongings, Disaster Risk Management staff and volunteers evacuated several streets in the suburb on the slopes of Devils Peak, including the Disa Park Towers and all nearby schools. Reportedly, eleven schools in the area were closed due to concerns for smoke inhalation. 255 Fire fighters worked through the night to restrain the raging wildfires. The Vredehoek fire was contained by 2:30 pm on Monday afternoon.

Casualties Hospitalised

Nine civilians were hospitalised for smoke inhalation. Six fire fighters were injured in the line of duty. Approximately 600 hectares of wilderness were devastated by the wildfire.

Helicopters Grounded by High Winds

High winds on Monday prevented the helicopters from being mobilised in the area. By Monday afternoon, at 3:30 pm, the fire had wrapped around the North face of Devils Peak and was racing towards Tafelberg Road on the slopes of Table Mountain. Fire crews were mobilised to suppress this new fire threat.

As Winds Died Down the Helicopters were Mobilised Again

On day 3, Tuesday, 20 April, the winds had slowed, leaving the city of Cape Town shrouded in smoke. The sounds of helicopter engines and whirring blades overhead continued throughout Tuesday as the South African Air Force added more helicopters to assist the Wildfire Services Hueys in water bombing the blaze. By the end of Tuesday, the Fire Department announced the fires largely contained, but the danger of smouldering fires re-erupting still needed attention.

Jagger Library Gutted by Fire

The full cost of this devastating inferno is yet to be calculated. It includes the Jagger Library in the centre of the University of Cape Town. Jagger Library contained 1.2 million volumes, including priceless and irreplaceable collections, including the majority of Architect Herbert Baker’s archives. Fire doors did come down to protect sections of the library, but hundreds of thousands of books were lost in the inferno. This included the vast majority of the African Study Published Print Collection (approximately 70,000 items) and the entire Africa Study Film Collection on DVD (about 3,500 items). Questions of how the bushfire could have reached stone buildings in the middle of the campus are yet to be answered.

Jagger Library, at the University of Cape Town.

Environmentalists Reveal that Government Authorities Ignored Repeated Warnings

Nicky Schmidt of the Environmental Group Parkscape, has declared that the authorities were repeatedly warned about the fire risk in Cape Town. Parkscape has claimed that mismanagement of the Table Mountain National Park put lives and property in unwarranted danger. Parkscape, Table Mountain Watch, Friends of Table Mountain and other environmental groups have repeatedly warned of the danger of tolerating approximately 100 vagrants living in the National Park and the risks of the illegal fires on mountain slopes which were laden with alien vegetation. Nicky Schmidt observed: 

“The slopes where the fire started is littered with pine trunks and stumps, tinder dried just waiting to go up in flames.” 

Andre van Schalkwyk of Table Mountain Watch said:  “We have alerted SAN Parks to incidents on countless occasions,” with very little action resulting. Andy Davies of Friends of Table Mountain reported that they “repeatedly complained about vagrant fires, but it appears no action is taken.”

Students Housed in Hotels Demand Holiday from Study and Trauma Counselling

4,000 students were evacuated from the UCT Upper Campus residences and free accommodation was arranged by the universities in hotels around the city. Incredibly, student activists at the University of Cape Town were, from the first day, demanding that all semester assignments, tests and lectures be suspended and that all students be provided with “trauma counselling.” UCT Vice Chancellor, Mamokgethi Phakeng, in a letter to students, confirmed: “No classes, tutorials, laboratory work or tests will take place throughout the week.”

Entitlement Mentality

Considering that the University of Cape Town appeared to have borne the brunt of fire damage to buildings, it seemed amazing that they were not being mobilised to protect the library, stop the fire, help repair the damage, clean up, fix what could be fixed and rebuild what needs to be rebuilt. It is a sad commentary on the selfish, helpless, self-centred mentality produced by an entertainment and entitlement culture that so many healthy young people did not feel a sense of duty to respond to the crisis by seeking to be part of the solution, instead of being part of the problem.

Irresponsible Incendiary Incitements to Arson

Incredibly, some irresponsible individuals made incendiary comments on social media, commenting on: “The Newlands Fire in Cape Town,” Mongameli Xhotyeni posted: 

“Every white man’s house is destroyed, it’s a pay back.” And “This fire hit the white people at last. Leave my country.”

“Let it Burn. Assist with Petrol and Paraffin to Make Sure”

Zanokuhle tweeted:

Rhodes Memorial must burn to the ground. This is not just a fire, but a cleansing process. Colonial rot has no place in society. Let it burn. Students must assist with petrol and paraffin to make sure.” 

“UCT Students Must Assist the Fire by Adding Petrol. Rhodes Memorial Must Burn”

Zanokuhle also retweeted SRC Secretary General UWC: “Let it burn to the ground.” Shortly thereafter Zanokuhle tweeted: 

“UCT students must assist the fire by adding petrol. Rhodes Memorial must burn to the ground. Ashes to ashes.”

Echos of Marxist Mandela

18 April Marxist Revolutionary Holiday in Zimbabwe

It may be relevant that 18 April is marked in Zimbabwe as a public holiday for what they call their Marxist Revolution. Dictator Robert Mugabe came to power, 18 April 1980.

Community Compassion

By way of contrast, many Capetonians have responded valiantly by donating generous quantities of supplies to fire fighters and other emergency service personnel and the SPCA has mobilised rescues of wildlife whose habitat has been devastated. Every crisis includes both danger and opportunity. 

“…See how great a forest a little fire kindles!” 

James 3:5

Prayer and Action Needed

Please continue to pray for all in Cape Town affected by this devastating inferno. Practical projects are being planned and mobilised, including Friends of Rhodes Memorial who are planning to clean up the monument which was engulfed by the wildfire. 

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.” 

Isaiah 43:2
Fran Collings, 82 years old sits in the remains of her destroyed home.

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6 Responses

  1. WakeyWakey says:

    Here are 96 images of all aspects of the fire, including the (very suspect) university buildings and Jagger Library before and after photos.

    This fire reminds me of UN AGENDA 21 which is the world communist agenda in which the plan is to force people out of many rural areas (for details see link below). There’s only one way to do that … fire. The recent California and Australia fires are also suspect as UN AGENDA 21 targets.


    For more information on UN AGENDA 21 (The Agenda for the 21st Century) and UN AGENDA 2030 (progress of AGENDA 21 to be achieved by 2030), the top expert is ROSA KOIRE. Go to her youtube channel “Rosa Koire”.

  2. WakeyWakey says:

    I urge everyone to listen to this video in which SPIRO SKOURAS interviews ROSA KOIRE about the UN AGENDA 21/UN AGENDA 2030 plans being rolled out right now worldwide to remove all your individual rights and ‘transform’ you and your world.

    This interview was done in June 2020 and has had over 2.3 Million viewers thus far. I highly recommend both Spiro Skouras and Rosa Koire as intelligent, knowledgeable individuals who have a gift of reducing complex topics into easily understandable explanations :


  3. Linde says:

    Thank you RR for this post from Frontline Fellowship and WakeyWakey for links. I will make sure this goes on my website’s April homepage.

    I think you are right WakeyWake. y UN Agenda 21 is the cover story for these crazy fires in the US, Australia and now Capetown. One of the first things the CHABAD crypto Joe Biden said after the Communist takeover in the US was: “This will be the decisive decade for tackling climate change.”

    There is a ‘winds of change’ signal if ever there was one.

    Looking at the slideshare, I see the Capetown wildfire had a lot of WTF signatures we have come to see in these ‘climate change’ fires. A stone building combusts in the middle of a green space of trees and highly flammable pines and conifers none of which were affected. We are supposed to link the wildfire in the surrounding hills with this event of the Jagger Library burning.

    Just like those entire neighborhoods in California – miles of blackened squares of burned out buildings delineated by green space: trees, pines, conifers outlining row after row of blackened buildings.

    In Australia we had more of this weird shyte in the 2019 -20 bushfire summer. Before the fires it was a crime for the Australian Kulak (class enemy no. 1 of the Revolution) to clear fireload and initiate hazard reduction. Big Brother Fines for farmers and land owners doing that. But then once the fires swept through (summer 2019-20) along came the Local Gov’t Authority – working directly under the UN to clear all surviving vegetation as ‘hazard reduction’ and give Big Brother Fines to Australian Kulaks who have anything growing on their land after the fire.

    Then the UN Climate Change mantra is invoked by the Marxist Leninist sistema as the cover story for the arson of Gook cadres on the Soros payola. I include the Power Elite in this statement and whatever they are putting in the chemtrails as some kind of dust accelerant.

    Looking at the photos of the Jagger Library going up in flames ‘priceless and irreplaceable collections of the Christian European civilisation in Africa, I see the Marxist Leninist erasure of history. Dr. Hammond mentions the African Study Published Print Collection and the entire African Study Film Collection. Debase. Replace. Erase.

    This is just indescribably sad. The last thing any nation wants is Communist slavery. The European governments outlawed it, but under Communist African governments slavery rises again as the world’s most lucrative traffic – and especially the trafficking of children – is big business: bigger than Red Cocaine, drug cartels and arms cartels.

  4. Katherine Sparkes says:

    I live in Australia I cannot buy any of Arthur Kemps books. They would be deemed racially offensive. Unfortunately according to the Australian government. No matter if what he writes is true.

    The books would be enough for additional information to be added to my ASIO file. Because Arthur Kemp is considered racist in Australia.

  5. Linde says:

    Hi Katherine. The Australian Politburo deems that anyone to the right of Chairman Mao is a right wing extremist so it would stand to reason that Arthur Kemp’s books are not available. Not only is he a prolific writer on all the relevant subjects, but the Rhodesian born Kemp carried the Rhodesian fight to the UK itself.

    The home and parish schools should have all his works in hard copy.

    Racism is a meaningless communist term for White ethnic Europeans. And Kemp makes very short work of this Marxist lexicon.

    Where ever you have the Communist Revolution, the Commissars will be targeting class enemy no. 1 – the Kulaks. I wrote about this last year during the bushfires for Henry Makow.

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