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Investigation into collapsed building
​The City has cordoned off the building where the overhanging
verandah collapsed killing one person and injuring a number
of others. A full investigation into the collapse is being conducted.

Picture: MPUMELELO MAKHAYE
FOLLOWING the collapse of part of a building in the inner city recently, eThekwini Mayor Councillor Mxolisi Kaunda has ordered a full investigation.

The investigation will look into the collapse of an overhanging veranda of one of the buildings in the Durban central business district.

The incident, which occurred on 9 June, left one person dead and several others injured. Mayor Kaunda sent his heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased. He said the Municipality was committed to ensuring that all buildings in the City are structurally sound to avoid such incidents. “As part of our inner-city regeneration programme, we have engaged property owners to comply with the City’s bylaws and more importantly, renovate dilapidated buildings to avoid tragedies such as this from occurring,” Mayor Kaunda added. He assured residents that the Municipality’s Problem Buildings Division will continue to take a tough stance against errant property owners in the inner city.

Buildings classified as problematic include those that are dilapidated, lack maintenance, are abandoned or overcrowded, have a dysfunctional body corporate and are in arrears with their Municipal accounts among various other public nuisance bylaw contraventions. Mayor Kaunda said the investigation would be a thorough one in order to establish the cause of the collapse.

He said no stone would be left unturned during the investigation. He again extended his heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased as well as the others injured during the collapse. He said his thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time. Meanwhile, the City has discussed a novel idea in order to encourage business owners to rehabilitate their buildings. A report was tabled at an Executive Committee meeting earlier this year to allow dilapadated buildings to be wrapped in advertising in order to generate revenue to rehabililtate the buildings.
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