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St James: Iconic colourful bathing boxes gutted by fire early on Saturday

Cape Town law enforcement officers found three bathing boxes in St James on fire at about 1:00 on Saturday morning.

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Three colourful bathing boxes in St James, Cape Town, were consumed by fire early on Saturday morning 8 August.

City of Cape Town law enforcement spokesperson Wayne Dyason confirmed the incident. 

THREE COLOURFUL BATHING BOXES DESTROYED IN ST JAMES   

The colourful Victorian-style bathing boxes on St James Beach has always been a landmark that visitors to Cape Town will most likely never forget. 

St James is a seaside village on the Cape Peninsula, situated on the False Bay coast between Muizenberg and Kalk Bay

According to Dyason, law enforcement officers found three bathing boxes on fire at about 1:00 on Saturday morning 8 August. 

“The fire was extinguished by the fire department. Three boxes completely gutted and 2 damaged partially. The cause of the fire is unknown,” he said. 

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Image via: City of Cape Town

The tragic fire has no doubt disappointed many locals and tourists. 

FALSE BAY COASTLINE  

Apart from beaches like Muizenberg and Fish Hoek, St James also appears along the false bay coastline. 

According to SA venues, St James Beach is not very wide or big, however, it can get rather crowded in summer and offers a delightful tidal pool. A similar tidal pool can be found in Kalk Bay (Dalebrook Pool), just a little further down the main road. Danger Bay Beach, nearby, is much quieter and tends to be used by local residents.

Although the tidal pools and bathing boxes are a lovely environment for summer fun, the coastline is also known for its shark presence. Ever so often, a shark warning will go out, meaning swimmers and surfers need to head inside for the day. 

In March, on Friday 13th, Muizenberg beachgoers received a shark warning. The incident was logged by Cape Town’s official shark-spotting team, who have members at several key points across False Bay. Shark spotters took to Twitter saying: 

“Member of the public reported shark sighting at Surfers Corner, Muizenberg (9:35, 13 March 2020). Water users cleared as a precaution.” 

The spotters operate on eight beaches around Cape Town, primarily in False Bay. These include Muizenberg, St James/Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek and Kogel Bay.

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