From Cape Town burning to Black Coffee’s birthday luncheon, we have it all covered.
Strong winds fueled a massive fire on Table Mountain, in Cape Town, which gutted vehicles and sparked evacuations over the weekend.
The flames spread quickly on Sunday in the direction of Lion’s Head and Signal Hill.
SANParks’s Philip Prins said: “The fire spread very quickly and, unfortunately, helicopters had to stand down because of the wind.”
The fires here in Cape Town are bad , kubi guys pic.twitter.com/LA6NOuH9Ir
— Eediyat Skengman (@Andile_nzama_) March 16, 2020
Residents were urged to close all windows and doors to prevent draft and reduce heat.
Members of the public were also advised to try to reduce their exposure to the smoke from the fire.
Wildfire smoke irritates your eyes, nose, throat and lungs. Children, pregnant women, people with asthma and heart disease needed to be especially careful, the City said.
As of this morning, the fire seemed to be contained.
The City thanks the agencies who have worked tirelessly to contain the vegetation fire that broke out below Tafelberg Road yesterday. At its peak, strong south-easterly wind bedeviled efforts to contain the fire, but the wind has abated, which has allowed for aerial support (1/8) pic.twitter.com/evQARa1PZA
— City of Cape Town (@CityofCT) March 16, 2020
Schools will be closed, and a travel ban will be in place from Wednesday as South Africa tries to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
On top of this, all gatherings of more than 100 people will be “prohibited”.
President Cyril Ramaphosa made these announcements as part of the country’s fight against the spread of coronavirus, which has now infected at least 61 people.
He said that this number was “expected to rise in the coming days and weeks”.
“Initially it was people who have travelled outside the country, especially Italy. It is concerning now that we are dealing with internal transmission of the virus,” he said, without providing further details.
“Never before in the history of our democracy has our country been confronted with such a severe situation,” said Ramaphosa.
He said that, despite the religious, social and economic implications of the decisions, they were necessary because of the severity of the virus and its rapid spread.
Let’s all work together to curb the spread of the virus.
— News24 (@News24) March 16, 2020
On a lighter note, globetrotting producer DJ Black Coffee celebrated his 44th birthday over the weekend by hosting the “Black Coffee Luncheon” in Johannesburg.
Local A-listers such as Cassper Nyovest, Maps Maponyane, Boity, Sarah Langa, Julius Malema, Riky Rick, Stogie T, DJ Tira, DJ Fresh and Euphonik were all in attendance with their best brunch attire.
— Mgosi.co.za (@Mgosi_SA) March 16, 2020
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