Old buildings to be demolished

2014-12-12 00:00

THE derelict buildings behind the ­premier’s office in Henrietta Street are finally to be demolished to make way for additional parking and offices for the premier’s staff.

Msunduzi municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi told the Executive Committee ­yesterday that this should have been carried out a long time ago.

“We made the legal applications for the demolition of the buildings but while this process was under way, the buildings were invaded by illegal occupants. We had to go to court to evict these occupants. We won the case and can now carry out the demolitions,” Nkosi said.

He said that as all the buildings were older than 60 years, they had to get approval from the heritage body, Amafa, before the demolition took place.

Councillor Judith Lawrence queried whether the double-storey red-brick building on the site could not be preserved, since it was one of a decreasing number of historic red-brick buildings in the city. “Many people have a soft spot for that particular building,” she said,

According to Nkosi, unfortunately it could not be saved, because of the limitations of space on the site.

He said Amafa was on board for the entire process. The affected buildings will be carefully demolished so the material from them can be used in restoration work on other historic buildings in the city, Nkosi said.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.