South Africa


Video: The havoc and destruction of Cape Town’s fire

Mostert’s Mill, a familiar site to so many Capetonians, has been destroyed. The sail lies on the ground. (Photo: Ashraf Hendricks)

Jagger library, which contains thousands of precious artworks, archives and books, has been reduced to rubble.

On 18 April 2021, a mountain fire destroyed the Rhodes Memorial restaurant in Cape Town. The flames later spread to the University of Cape Town damaging a number of buildings. The JW Jagger library with thousands of priceless artworks, archives and books was gutted. The iconic Mostert’s Mill was also destroyed. DM

See also: Images from Hell: the grim morning of Cape Town’s fire



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  • One has to wonder if the original fire that destroyed two of SA’s most historic monuments to its European past was an accident….just saying!

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