The Sun City Resort, a popular vacation destination in South Africa, experienced a significant fire outbreak this past weekend. The incident has drawn attention from various news outlets and the public, raising concerns about safety measures in such establishments.
The fire reportedly started in the Cabanas kitchen of the Sun City Resort outside Rustenburg on Saturday afternoon. The resort’s general manager, Brett Hoppe, confirmed the incident, stating that the fire began around 2:30 pm. Initial observations by the food and beverage staff identified a small fire, which they attempted to extinguish. However, the flames had already spread through the extraction ventilation, reaching the reception area and offices.
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Thanks to the swift response of the Sun City fire and rescue services, who were on standby at a nearby event, the fire was brought under control in less than an hour. The management expressed gratitude that no injuries were reported and that guest accommodations remained unaffected. However, the exact cause of the fire remains uncertain, with investigations ongoing.
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In a twist of events, the fire coincided with a visit from Monaco’s royalty to the resort. Zimbabwean-born Princess Charlene of Monaco and Prince Albert were present at the resort to launch a new fundraising event for the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa (PCMFSA). The foundation focuses on transforming lives through swimming and water safety education. The event, known as the Water Bike Challenge, had previously been held in Monaco and saw participation from various celebrities and sports icons.
The primary beneficiary of the event’s proceeds is Lifesaving South Africa (LSA), an organization dedicated to preventing drowning incidents and promoting water safety. With over 8,000 members, including 4,000 volunteers performing lifeguard duties, LSA plays a crucial role in ensuring water safety across the nation.
Social media was abuzz with videos and images of the fire, drawing various reactions from the public. Some users expressed concerns about the increasing number of fires in South Africa, while others speculated about the potential causes.