Fire fails to stop Kal­lis

Cou­ple swap vows in midst of dev­as­ta­tion

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“Baby you light my fire” could be­come short­hand for crick­eter Jac­ques Kal­lis and his bride, Char­lene En­gels‚ af­ter their week­end wed­ding went ahead‚ de­spite a wild­fire cut­ting a swathe through the Over­berg in the West­ern Cape.

The pair wed at an es­tate in the Hemel-en-Aarde Val­ley near Her­manus in an area where for­tu­nately the fire had been con­tained on Fri­day. On Satur­day‚ En­gels said their wed­ding could go ahead. “My wish for you is that you al­ways keep the ‘fires burn­ing’‚” their wed­ding plan­ner Nick Nicolaou shared on In­sta­gram‚ seem­ingly try­ing to find the pos­i­tive in what must have been a wor­ry­ing pe­riod for the wed­ding party. While the bridal party have kept the de­tails pri­vate so far‚ Nicolaou re­vealed this snip­pet: Over 300 stems of “ice white” hy­drangeas from Spain and 200 pha­laenop­sis or­chids from Sin­ga­pore were flown in for the wed­ding. Yes­ter­day af­ter­noon‚ the Greater Over­berg Fire Pro­tec­tion As­so­ci­a­tion said the wild­fire was still be­ing ac­tively fought in the Her­manus area. The as­so­ci­a­tion said in its 2pm up­date that it ex­pected the smoke from the Hemel-enAarde val­ley and Fran­skraal to in­crease. “Cur­rently the fire is spread­ing be­tween the farms and are threat­en­ing homes and in­fra­struc­ture.

“All res­i­dents are in­formed and their safety is the main con­cern,” the as­so­ci­a­tion said. Re­sources to com­bat the fires were be­ing re-di­verted and in­creased as re­quired‚ the group said.

“We are very grate­ful and ap­pre­cia­tive that com­mit­ted sup­port is still com­ing in from mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties from all over the West­ern Cape to re­lieve the lo­cal teams‚” the as­so­ci­a­tion said in an ear­lier up­date‚ which de­scribed the Fran­skraal fire as “very chal­leng­ing with rapidly spread­ing lines”. –


For­mer Proteas crick­eter Jac­ques Kal­lis mar­ried Char­lene En­gels in fire-rav­aged Her­manus.

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