The fynbos vegetation that historically clothed the slopes of Table Mountain is highly inflammable. This has been worsened by the spread of alien trees that burn more intensely than the fynbos.
Losing archives has significant implications in a country like South Africa with a fraught and contested history because voices from the past, which may carry alternative histories, are lost.
Cape Town’s new climate strategy is a good start. But it falls short when it comes to nature.
The danger of fires in the Cape region this season is partly dependent on how the Fynbos has been managed over the past few decades.