South Africa — A spate of fires – stoked by soaring temperatures and fanned by strong winds – saw firefighters doing battle in informal settlements, on mountains and in the veld at the weekend.
The SA Weather Service warned that conditions in the Cape Town metropole and Boland were “favourable for the development of runaway fires”. The temperature on Monday is expected to climb to 33°C, while the wind is to be “fresh southerly”.
In one of the “more destructive fires” on Sunday, at least 60 shacks were razed in Site C, Khayelitsha, leaving 300 people homeless.
Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management spokesperson, Wilfred Solomons-Johannes, said no one had been injured in the blaze.