Council working to secure dangerous roof

2012-11-29 00:00

PEOPLE should be cautious of the dangerous overhang in Symonds Street at the Shoprite shopping centre, a concerned member of the public has warned.

The overhang is a steel structure attached to the right side of the Shoprite building. It was previously held up by four steel supports, two of which are now missing. The remaining ones are heavily damaged and there are fears that the structure could fall at any moment.

Pietermaritzburg resident John Christie alerted The Witness to the danger, saying the overhang could fall and seriously injure or even kill anyone walking underneath.

He said last week he had to make someone sheltering from the sun underneath the overhang aware of the danger that he was oblivious to.

“He was sitting there and I told him this thing could fall and kill him.

“Unless something is done, there is a life-threatening situation in Symonds Street, which I have reported to the municipality as well as the Fire Department well over a week ago and nothing has been done.

“I have taken the trouble to speak to Yusuf Ismail, who, I understand, is the municipal building manager. He has undertaken to deal with the problem immediately.

“I believe it is everyone’s civic duty to report things like this. I am hoping we can avoid a tragedy here.”

Ismail told The Witness that they were aware of the overhang and that it had been secured and a contractor was working to fix it.

He said the overhang had been damaged by trucks.

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