Save historic buildings

2016-03-23 06:00

WE must preserve and protect our historic buildings in Pietermaritzburg.

My heart and soul were filled with sadness and despair when I saw a derelict community building at the corner of Church and William streets. This was once a building of pride and joy to the local community, who put up this edifice with their hard-earned money during the early 1800s.

A community building well-used during the dark days of apartheid.

As I moved closer to the building, the air around it was enveloped with a strong stench of urine. I saw vagrants wrapped in cardboard cuddling alongside the building, making it their home for the evening. This was once my primary school, my vernacular school, my library and cultural centre.

Today, the building is in absolute decay and despair. I humbly appeal to Amafa, the Historic Buildings Association and the municipality of Pietermaritzburg to protect this building, which was once the only community centre of note.



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