DOCUMENTARY | Oasis in Ashes: The day a fire swallowed a town

On December 30, 2018 a devastating fire gutted the historical mission station of Wupperthal, destroying scores of properties and stripping residents of their homes, livelihoods and heritage. 

This News24 documentary explores the impact of the disaster and the indomitable spirit of Wupperthal's people, which has given hope that the picturesque Cederberg town will rise again from the ashes. Watch.

Following the devastating fire that gutted houses and buildings in the small town near Clanwilliam, plans are afoot to demolish all structures that are beyond repair.

The blaze, which is being investigated by police, started on New Year's weekend leaving half of the historical village, including the Moravian Mission Station, shops and 53 homes destroyed.

At least 200 people have been left homeless and one woman tragically lost her life. Police are investigating a case of arson while the community plans to rebuild.

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