Tutus come to rescue Cape Town's Old Granary

2015-10-14 08:22
(Thulani Gqirana, News24)

(Thulani Gqirana, News24)

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Cape Town – Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah are coming to the rescue of Cape Town’s 200-year-old Granary.

The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation was expected to sign a lease for the building on Wednesday, to develop a legacy foundation centre.

The Desmond Tutu Peace Trust announced in April it would contribute R12m to refurbish the structure. Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille said the city would contribute R30m to restore it.

The city council voted in September last year to lease the building to the foundation.

According to the Save the Granary website, the neo-classical building on Buitenkant Street began its life as a customs house when it was built in 1814. It housed a post office, and civil engineers' office.

The public works department transferred it to the City of Cape Town several years ago.

Several organisations had used the building, but none had been able to raise the money to fix the crumbling structure.

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