Joburg building collapses

2012-03-21 16:23

Johannesburg - A building collapsed on the corner of Jeppe and End streets in Johannesburg on Wednesday, the city said.

"We are not sure if there is anyone trapped inside but our rescue unit is observing the building," City of Johannesburg spokesperson Niel Rooi said.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-21 16:30

    joburg is aging...time to enter 21st with modern shiny glass buildings...

      ISO - 2012-03-21 17:01


      Dirk - 2012-03-21 18:20

      Only marginally ahead of the rest of the country.

      Spyker - 2012-03-22 09:47

      Azanian.., Agree 100%, just not sure where the innovation will come from, who will design the buildings, manage the project/s, etc, under the fascist regime's pigheaded AA policies - let alone maintain them, seeing they cannot remotely manage at the moment.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-22 12:24

      Spyker negativity, Who do you think is running things now. Have you ever sat down and thought about how much is happening for you to reside in the manner you live in currently. Water from the taps, Sewage reticulation and recycling, Stormwater services , Ports , Harbours etc. Alot is moving forward however your negativity clouds your perspective.

      Heiku - 2012-03-22 12:53

      Spyker all the things you listed are not really that important they all come into place once you have established who pays for it.

      Spyker - 2012-03-22 14:16

      bluzulu.., What part of the planet are you from..? Heiku.., What planet are you from..?

  • dooskop - 2012-03-21 16:58

    what a shame JOZIES was the BOMB!!!!! destroyed and neglected by u know who!!!!!!

      Art - 2012-03-21 17:39

      Hillbrow/Yeoville used to be the place.... Both are currently pushing to be recognised as the Capital of Soweto! Drove thru there the otherday... FARKING PIG STY! That, my dear friends, is the STATE of the country!!!

      Hugo - 2012-03-21 20:39

      Art you are a world class cretin.How can yeoville and hilbrow become capitals of soweto,do you even know what soweto is?

      Art - 2012-03-22 04:39

      Craig... no need to push the envelope... I live between Durban and Amsterdam... Every 3 months I swop cities...due to business commitments.. When ever I return to SA, I get more dispondent... Nothing worse than looking over your shoulder when walking the streets in South Africa.. and that's during the daytime.... would not dream of walking the streets at night.. Yet here in AMS, you can walk in the streets at ANY GIVEN TIME... and feel safe!!!

      npretorius2 - 2012-03-22 09:55

      @Craig, Its the other way arount mate, The revenue is created by 8% and used to buy 92% of the votes...

      Jacqui - 2012-03-22 13:34

      Art, have a kroket and a bag of frites for me.

  • Bobo - 2012-03-21 16:59

    Ok...mmmmmm...let`s blame apartheid.

      dooskop - 2012-03-21 17:15

      which era THEN OR NOW!!!!!!

  • Robbie - 2012-03-21 17:13

    Observing the building? Shouldn't they be searching for survivors?

      Anthony - 2012-03-21 17:28

      this is africa robbie---- they will watch the building for a week and if no one walks out the will report all are dead

      Dmitri - 2012-03-21 18:00

      Why would they want to endanger their own lives. It is safer to observe and still get paid. Why work and get paid when you can get paid for observing? As Anthony rightly says. TIA

      WimpieN - 2012-03-21 20:07

      They are too scared to leave the vehicles. They are probably scared they won't be there anymore when they return from the search.....

  • Burtfred - 2012-03-21 17:22

    It's not just a building that has collapsed, it is the entire city administration that the ANC crooks have destroyed. In Johannesburg, we don't have a city anymore, we have a fiefdom.

  • Brent - 2012-03-21 17:30

    The indigent probably stole the reinforcing out of the concrete to sell for scrap!

      dooskop - 2012-03-21 17:48

      Polite way of putting it i wud say !!!!!!!!!

      Silvana - 2012-03-22 06:34

      It's exactly what happened Brent.

  • dooskop - 2012-03-21 17:44

    ART.. my hubbies name!!! Yep used to live in the Brow and had many a Blast at the Chelsea Monpenaz..Skyline .. have a site of Then and NOW!!! Tell me what place has not gone down the tubes???

      Art - 2012-03-21 17:55

      Used to live in Berea... frequents all the clubs back in the 70's.. Fontana, only 24 hour supermarket open... all the Bikers displaying/posing infront of Highpoint... Days to remember... but NOTHING like that today... Slaughter of sheep, chickens and Pigs, on the PAVEMENTS.... Families camping out in shop doorways... whores walking around like they OWN the place... getting offered to buy Coke when you pull in to put fuel in... Seriously sad!

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-03-21 18:19

      ART..I remember those days..wish we could turn back the clock seemed so carefree in those days.I to frequented those same places..and stayed in Worlds View Prospect street.

  • Eidel - 2012-03-21 17:54

    The ANCYL has gone underground and noe they are pumping sour minewater to the surface to prove a point

      Xavier7034 - 2012-03-21 17:59

      @Eidel you may have a point - the Acid Mine water is going up 30 cm per day! Not long before it hits the foundations of Joburg buildings and then starts eating away. This ANC crowd are so fast asleep that the Carlton Centre will collapse and they will blame it on something know what...

      Dmitri - 2012-03-21 18:01

      And the point that they are proving is that they are useless

  • Duncan Thabiso Mphailane - 2012-03-21 18:10

    So the ANC is to blame for this too?? I will never understand you people.

      Julio - 2012-03-21 18:54

      well the anc are running the country and the city of Johannesburg. If they did their job , they would have systems and controls in place to oversee that there is no overcrowding, that the by-laws are enforced and especially that if there is no sanitation in a particular building, that building is not inhabitted. Instead thay're just busy enriching themselves and fighting for personal power rather than do the job that they were appointed to do. That is why the whole system is falling appart.

      ChristopherGlenHarrison - 2012-03-22 13:12

      It's amazing. The bigotry on this comment board knows no bounds or borders. This is a story about a building that collapsed, and somehow the vast bulk of comments are made by people who have decided that the ANC is to blame, and that someone is going to try to blame apartheid? This isn't even a pubicly owned structure! How about placing some of the blame with the owner? It seems far more reasonable to think that he might be in breach of his responsibilities than to think the ANC somehow are. Honestly, the majority of commentators on here aren't even here to discuss the news, they're just here to shout about the ANC a bit. I'd suggest you all take a deep look inside and think; if something so obviously unrelated to the ANC can provoke such hostility and bitterness from you, then is it not perhaps more likely that your comments are reflexive, emoional outbursts, rather than sober analyses of the information at hand?

  • dooskop - 2012-03-21 18:12

    Art!!! Back in 60s' used 2 live in Kotze str., near Chelsea..moved 2 DURBS gr8 from 60s' to early 90s'... MOVED TO CT .. did a memory lane back afta 15 yrs... DIRTBIN..same as u describe the BROW!!! O well so be it ... had FUN.. now sit back and watch it Disintergrate!!!! nice chat .lol

      Derek - 2012-03-21 23:56

      hugo rather be a "has been" than a "never was" or a "never will be"

      Art - 2012-03-22 04:44

      Dooskop, I stayed in in a Penthouse ontop of Highrise Apt's in Berea! Had an AWESOME view of Jozie...from the top! I pop into CT on the odd weekend... just find it to expensive...

  • dooskop - 2012-03-21 18:19

    this is for Th Azanian...Ask the ANC to erect the SHINY GLASS BUILDINGS!!!!!.. dream on !!!!!!!!

  • tessa.heales - 2012-03-21 19:10

    I was browsing through the Australian Broadcasting Corp's website yesterday as I do everyday to see an article titled "Joburg celebrate revival on 125th birthday". I watched the little media clip, laughed in disbelief and shook my head. Perhaps others would like to watch it too. I'd be ineterested to read others comments.

      Hugo - 2012-03-21 20:48

      I've just seen the clip and I patiently waited for the funny part but nix,why were you laughing?

      lotterg - 2012-03-21 23:35

      I'm glad to see how positive the people are, that is great. Looking at the documantary I am still just worndering if they will let their kids go and play in the streets and not worry about them? To me it is not about the luxury you are living in but about the quality of life for you and your kids. Complete freedom and being save is on top of my list.

      Derek - 2012-03-21 23:40

      Hugo I also never found it funny. Actually I found it quite sad that blacks are relying on the children of the benefactors of apartheid to fix what the blacks have totally destroyed. These are the very same children that are discriminated against at every turn as they have apparently been "previously advantaged"

      pray4wind - 2012-03-22 03:12

      Well said, Derek ;D

  • Dennis - 2012-03-22 05:08

    For all we know it could have been an "affirmative hotel" - a one bedroomed tin shack erected on someone elses land to house 55 wekers in town to meet juju !!

  • Peter - 2012-03-22 06:11


  • tobie.openshaw - 2012-03-22 07:20

    Someone somewhere want to pick up a phone and follow up on this story? You know, "JOURNALISM"? Helooo?

  • brionyl.french - 2012-03-22 08:10

    I hope no one was in it

  • Gustav - 2012-03-22 10:11

    That looks like 96 End Street. It used to be a club called ESP. We had many memorable parties there. So sad...

  • Maans - 2012-03-22 11:10

    It's the old Idols club in downtown Joburg, which became ESP in the late 1990s. Had some great times there. (On iol website) Check out the picture of the collapsed building here:!/image/2470335127.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_300/2470335127.jpg

  • Precious - 2012-03-22 11:25

    any updates on the building at Jeppe street.

  • Letjiela - 2012-03-22 13:09

    the building was old,its time for city of jhb to see that people leave at proper buildings

  • Jacqui - 2012-03-22 13:32

    I told you we are doomed.

  • Hettie - 2012-03-22 13:34


  • Muruti - 2012-03-22 13:56

    Old buildings need to be demolished to save lives from being killed or trapped

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