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In a disastrous turn of events this past week on September 27th, the school in Sutherland was tragically consumed by a fire that has gutted most of the stately heritage building, which is 110 years old. The blaze broke out late on Wednesday night and destroyed seven classrooms, the administration block, staff room and hall.

Sutherland is renowned as the coldest place in South Africa, and is also home to the National Astronomy Observatory and the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope (SKA), the largest radio astronomy project in the southern hemisphere. It is 60km away from our event site in the Northern Cape Province.

The fire leaves 137 learners and their teacher uncertain of the future.

The AfrikaBurn community's relationship with Sutherland has been developed over the years through the build of various large art projects which have gone on to be installed at its main event. For information on this relationship, and the various projects, see more here

We're appealing to you to support the school in its efforts to restore normal teaching and rebuild the school.

When and where?

Sutherland Western Cape

Mon 01 Oct 2018 at 10:15 AM (SAST)
Fri 30 Nov 2018 at 9:00 PM (SAST)

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