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Watch – Joburg’s Bank of Lisbon building demolished

No one is allowed access into the exclusion zone, which includes everything inside Diagonal, Pritchard, Simmonds and Commissioner streets in the CBD. The Bank of Lisbon building in the Johannesburg CBD was demolished on Sunday morning.

The Johannesburg building was where a blaze claimed the lives of three firemen last year.

Last week, the Gauteng provincial government confirmed that the Bank of Lisbon building will be imploded on Sunday.

The decision comes after a structural assessment on the building was conducted, following the fatal fire in September 2018.

The 31-story building is situated at 37 Pixley ka Isaka Seme Street, in Johannesburg central.

“After an assessment was conducted by structural engineers, it was discovered that the fire caused severe damage to the slabs of the burnt floors and posed a threat of collapsing if left [unchecked],” infrastructure development department head, Bethuel Netshiswinzhe, said this past Wednesday.

Netshiswinzhe said the department has contracted Jet Demolition (Pty) Ltd, as part of a competitive bidding process, to provide the implosion service.

“The contractor has completed pre-demolition works that includes amongst others decanting, salvaging, stripping of walls, ceilings and carpets, wrapping of the walls and demolition of basement floor slaps around the main structure core,” he said.

He said the project and clearing of site will be completed in March 2020.

“Following that the site will be prepared for future building in order to meet the accommodation needs of GPG, plans that I will soon communicate.”

The following streets are currently affected by closures.

  • Diagonal & Helen Joseph;
  • Albertina Sisulu & Ntemi Piliso;
  • Commissioner & Pixley ka Isaka Seme; and
  • Commissioner & Fraser

Netshiswinzhe said residents in the affected area will be able to access their residences through created pathways. However, no one will be allowed access into the exclusion zone, he said.

“The exclusion zone includes everything inside Diagonal, Pritchard, Simmonds and Commissioner streets. This includes buildings, rooftops, parking, streets and parks.

“SAPS will remove any persons or vehicles found in the exclusion zone. Residents will be evacuated at 06:30 on Sunday. They will be accommodated in Bank City for a duration of up to three hours,” he said.

“Once the building has been imploded and cleared, residents will be allowed back. This should be able to happen at 09:30.”

In other news – Senzo Meyiwa’s Dream house set to be destroyed as neighbours now live in fear – Picture

Senzo Meyiwa’s incomplete dream home is perched on a hill in Adams Mission, south of Durban. It is a painful reminder to neighbours of their loss following his death. The development has become an eyesore, and people claim it harbours criminals who smoke drugs, drink alcohol and gamble.

Senzo Meyiwa

Residents say the peace and tranquillity they enjoyed before its construction has been overtaken by fear. They say the neglected five-bedroom house in the lush green hills has brought them only pain. continue reading

Source: The Citizen

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