Over the years Cape Point has seen first-hand the hard work of the various role-players in Cape Town fire management. Thankfully, much of the work within the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve has been during carefully controlled prescribed burns with these outstanding teams; but this first week of March, wildfires have been raging across the Cape Peninsula and affecting communities on all sides of the mountain. Table Mountain National ParkVolunteer Wildfire Services, the City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue and Working on Fire have all been the heroes of our beloved Mother City in this devastating period. Their tireless dedication to getting the blazes under control has deservingly been noticed and praised by all locally, nationally and worldwide.

How You Can Help

With the fire-fight far from over, we appeal to you to join hands with us and support these teams – here is how you can help:

The aforementioned teams do amazing work across the province, and we salute all of the volunteer and full-time fire fighters who put their lives on the line to protect us from fire. While Cape Town has shown incredible support to the firefighters over this week in supplying much needed food and drinks, what they need now more than ever is funds. If you want to help, please get involved and make a once-off cash donation to Volunteer Wildfire Services, or consider linking your MySchool card to VWS directly. Information on how to help and donate is available directly on the VWS website.

If, however, you are unable to make a cash donation the following donations will be much welcomed by the teams fighting the fires on the ground:

Non-perishable food
Saline eye drops
Sweatbands
Head torches
Back-up batteries
Sunscreen
Wet-wipes

For more information on getting these donations to the right places, please email finance@vws.org.za. You can also view all of the VWS wish list items here.

Here is a selection of  dramatic photographs that Cape Town residents and tourists have snapped over the last few days:

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Nic Bothma / EPA

Nic Bothma / EPA

Nic Bothma / EPA

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Schalk Van Zuydam / AP

For more information on how to assist, please visit the VWS website.