PORT ELIZABETH – Saturday’s runaway fires west of Port Elizabeth have largely been brought under control, for now.

That’s the word from Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Fire and Emergency services, which released a statement at around lunchtime on Sunday.

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Municipality spokesperson Mthubanzi Mniki said the extinguishing of fires at Van Stadens Gorge and Rocklands areas is “progressing well with damping down already started.”




The ongoing concern, however, is that the weather may change again, stirring further flare-ups.  For now, the calm weather has brought a huge relief to the firefighters on site, Mniki said.

Some Woodridge College buildings saved

On a positive note, it’s been confirmed that not all buildings at Woodridge College burned to the ground. 

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Fire and Emergency team on site managed to save some of the important buildings of the school.



Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Fire and Emergency will remain at the Van Stadens Gorge and Rockland sites to make sure that the fire is over before they can leave, Mniki confirmed.