7 November 2019
City to Act on Derelict Building
EThekwini Municipality’s Fire Department responded to the scene following reports of a collapsed building on Dr Pixley kaSeme Street. Responders found the ceiling and floor of the upper level had collapsed as well as the ceiling of the first floor.
Nine people sustained minor injuries due to the collapse with eight of the injured transported to nearby medical facilities. The collapsed levels are believed to have been constructed from corrugated sheeting.
A search was conducted to ensure there was no one trapped in the rubble. An engineer and inspector from the City were on scene.
The building in question was previously served with a contravention notice by the Health Unit as it was identified as a health hazard.
Consequently, the City has now taken the decision to lock down the building. The owner of the building will be served with a new contravention notice which requires him to get an engineer to carry out the required remedial work. Once this remedial work is complete the City will review whether to open the building again.
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Acting Head of Communications Mandla Nsele