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The Cape Town fire started on the famous Table Mountain range and quickly advanced down into neighbouring suburbs and the University of Cape Town's buildings.

Wild Cape Town Fire Mostly Contained

A 35-year-old man has reportedly been arrested on charges of arson. This, after firefighters had been battling to put out the Cape Town fire that caused extensive damage.

The Cape Town fire, which had been ablaze for more than 24 hours was reportedly contained by over 250 firefighters. The fire started on the famous Table Mountain range this past Sunday morning, and quickly advanced down into neighbouring suburbs and university buildings. Additionally, a man has been arrested after he and two others were found setting bushes alight, which counteracted the firefighters' efforts.

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The man, according to Cape Talk, is 35 and was arrested after residents spotted a group of three men deliberately setting bushes alight and alerted emergency services. Police responded immediately and arrested one of them, who is till in custody on charges of arson.

Scenes of firefighters and firefighting helicopters carrying thousands of litres of water have been doing the rounds on social media under #CapeTownFires. The fire, which was propelled by strong winds, took on an uncontrollable turn when it got to the University of Cape Town (UCT) where it destroyed invaluable infrastructure that housed the African studies archives. Students living on campus, at the Smuts and Fuller Hall residences specifically, had to be evacuated immediately. The students turned to social media for housing and emotional support. South African organisations, alumni and the general public were quick to respond with meal offers and temporary housing.

A portion of valuable African literature archives, which were stored in a vault under the destroyed Jagger Library, have reportedly been saved from the fires. Emergency services are currently monitoring the sites for more fire outbreaks. The City of Cape Town will issue out a report detailing the damage in due time.

Photo: La Fédération de la Haute Couture

Lukhanyo Mdingi on Making his Paris Fashion Week Debut

We talked to the South African designer who, after co-winning the LMVH Prize last year, showcased his Bodyland Autumn/Winter 22-23 collection in Paris earlier this month.

In 2015, South African designer Lukhanyo Mdingi founded his eponymous label. Inspired by his mother and grandmother who raised him, Mdingi has created a formidable brand that is centered on building a bridge between heritage and timeless fashion pieces. Since the brand’s inception, Mdingi has made great strides in fashion, from his NYFW debut in 2019 to being crowned a joint winner of the 2021 LVMH Karl Lagerfeld Prize.

This year, Mdingi took his vision of Africa to France’s fashion capital, Paris, where he made his Bodyland Autumn/Winter 22-23 debut for the Paris Fashion Week Menswear Collection. Being the first designer on the program schedule to present, Mdingi showcased a collection that spoke of the relationship he shares with himself and the artisans he collaborates with. For the past two years, Mdingi has been working to source his woven textiles and knitwear from crafts communities in Burkina Faso, Somalia, and the Eastern Cape, and the collection featured textural and sartorial nuances paying homage to his being a young Black creative.

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