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newsThe Star reports that a downtown Johannesburg building, which housed government departments and which was engulfed by a fire that killed three firefighters on 5 September, might be demolished by mid-2019.  

Workers from Jet Demolition were seen outside the Bank of Lisbon building on Wednesday, and their vehicles remained parked there for most of the day.  Gauteng government spokesperson Thabo Masebe said the building was badly damaged, but would not confirm whether or not it would be demolished.  “The building sustained quite serious structural damage.  We are still busy looking at a number of options.  Once we arrive at a point of deciding what happens, we will notify the public,” Masebe said.  Jet Demolition said:  “Unfortunately we are not at liberty to discuss any details of the project at this stage.”  But, workers on site said they had been deployed to start preparations for the demolition of the building.  They said planning for the demolition could take up to four months and expected that it would take place in the middle of next year.  The building, which before the fire was found to be only 21% compliant with the health and safety standards, housed three government departments - Human Settlements, Health, and Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

  • Read Sibongile Mashaba’s full report on this story at The Star


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