Brush Fires in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs

U.S. Diplomatic Mission South Africa

City of Cape Town emergency services continue to battle a very large wildfire on the slopes of the mountains in the vicinity of Muizenberg, Boyes Drive, Tokai, Ou Kaapse Weg, Noordhoek, Chapman’s Peak, and Hout Bay. As of 1 PM on Monday, March 2 city officials characterize the fire as “contained but not yet under control.” Given the unpredictable nature of this fire, the Consulate has relocated a number of consulate employees to temporary quarters until city officials have advised that the fire is under control. Although the Consulate is located near the fire, the Consulate expects to remain open for normal business; any changes to our operating status will be announced through a new message to U.S. citizens.

Residents of the areas listed above and other nearby areas should be prepared for localized evacuations and/or road closures. The Consulate advises U.S. citizens to follow all evacuations and other safety instructions issued by emergency services as they continue their efforts to bring the fire under control. Tourists visiting Cape Town are advised to check local conditions before traveling to or through these areas, including visits to the southern portions of the Cape Peninsula (areas including but not limited to the locations mentioned above and the roads to Cape Point National Park). The Consulate recommends that residents and visitors continue to monitor local radio, TV, and online news sources to stay abreast of current developments.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in South Africa enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for South Africa. For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

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The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria and U.S. Consulates General in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban are located at the addresses below. The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria does not have a consular section and does not provide consular services to U.S. citizens. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, outside of business hours, contact the nearest U.S. Consulate General at the emergency after-hours number listed below.

U.S. Consulate General, Cape Town
(Covering Western Cape, Eastern Cape, and Northern Cape provinces)
2 Reddam Avenue
Westlake, Cape Town
Tel: 021-702-7300 (outside South Africa: +27 702-7300
After-hours emergencies: 021-702-7300 (outside South Africa: +27-21-702-7300)

U.S. Consulate General, Johannesburg
(Covering Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North West, and Free State provinces)
1 Sandton Drive (corner of Rivonia and Sandton Drive)
Sandhurst, Johannesburg
Tel: 011-290-3000 (outside South Africa: +27-11-290-3000)
After-hours emergencies: 079-111-1684 (outside South Africa: +27-79-111-1684)

U.S. Consulate General, Durban
(Covering KwaZulu-Natal Province)
Old Mutual Building, 31st floor
303 Dr. Pixley Kaseme Street

U.S. Embassy to the Republic of South Africa
(Note: this location does not provide consular services)
877 Pretorius Street
Arcadia, Pretoria
Tel: 012-431-4000 (outside South Africa: +27-12-431-4000)
After-hours emergencies: 012-431-4000