DA says there aren't enough resources to fix faulty govt buildings in JHB

DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Infrastructure Development Alan Fuchs says there are not enough resources to fix several local government owned buildings that may pose a safety hazard.

There have been questions surrounding the safety of state-run buildings after a deadly fire at the Bank of Lisbon building which houses the Departments of Health, Human Settlements and Cogta.

READ: 10 floors of Bank of Lisbon were non-compliant

ALSO READ: Premiers office says it knew about the safety risks at JHB building for years

Speaking to Ray White on The Midday Report, Fuchs explains how a long-delayed project to develop government offices in the Johannesburg CBD has made the prospects of refurbishing the buildings even more costly.

The reality is there are not enough resources, either human or financial.

Alan Fuchs, DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Infrastructure Development

18 buildings that were bought by the provincial government prior to 2003, they were going to upgrade and refurbish these buildings and use them as accommodation for the officials of the provincial government. 15 years later and that project has come to a standstill.

Alan Fuchs, DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Infrastructure Development

In 2005 it was proposed that it would cost R2.5 billion, the latest figures we have seen suggest those costs have escalated to R7.5 billion...the project has been stalled and Treasury has now indicated there is an affordability issue which has to be reconsidered.

Alan Fuchs, DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Infrastructure Development

Meanwhile, the family of one of three firefighters killed in the blaze on Wednesday has visited the scene along with Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa.

Eyewitness News reporter Ahmed Cajee was there.

It was a very sad scene here, the family was taken to the exact spot where the fireman fell to his death.

Ahmed Cajee, EWN reporter

She says they will be visiting the families along with Premier David Makhura later on today and into the weekend. She says head of departments will be working on contingency plans to ensure that operations continue at office zones around the province. She says counselling will be provided for the firemen around and employees.

Ahmed Cajee, EWN reporter

Click on the link below to listen to the full report and to hear more from Fuchs....


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