UCT Evacuates All Students and Staff As Runaway Fire Reaches Campus

UCT has evacuated all students and staff from the upper campus and middle campus as the fire that moved down from the mountain slopes continues to cause havoc at the university.  Students were seen walking down Main Road Rondebosch to find university transport to take them to safety.



A small veld fire reported just before 9am on Sunday developed into a raging fireball which completely destroyed a number of old buildings including the Rhodes Memorial tearoom and the Mosterts Mill windmill, adjacent to the M3.

The University of Cape Town has announced that all students and staff are to evacuate from the upper and middle campuses as fears spread that buildings like the chemistry building could catch fire and lead to large explosions.

Students in residences who were spending their Sunday studying were informed that they should pack all they could carry and immediately leave the premises.


Some students are in need of assistance and support groups are popping up on Whatsapp.  Students are warned to be cautious when contacting strangers.

The UCT SRC has advised students to head to the Mowbray bus terminal where Jammie shuttles will take students to designated locations. 

These include other campuses and accommodation providers. Some students were also told to head to the Mowbray police station which is also close to the Mowbray bus terminal.

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