Rhodes Must Burn: The irony in Rhodes falling by fire through the Stone Pines he insisted on planting

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A water chopper hovers over University of Cape Town. It is reported that a wildfire spread from the slopes of Table Mountain to University of Cape Town and burned the historic campus library. (Photo by Brenton Geach/Gallo Images via Getty Images)
A water chopper hovers over University of Cape Town. It is reported that a wildfire spread from the slopes of Table Mountain to University of Cape Town and burned the historic campus library. (Photo by Brenton Geach/Gallo Images via Getty Images)

The burning of Rhodes Memorial and UCT wafts of the falling of Rhodes falling, as if the land called for it.

That area hasn't burned in almost 200 years. UCT is 191-years-old, having moved to its present location on the foothills of the mountain slope in 1928 and the immediate area is flanked by an old pine colonial legacy forest, with fire breaks into the fynbos.

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