Bank of Lisbon building to be demolished on Sunday

The 31-storey Bank of Lisbon building which used to house the Gauteng Departments of Health and Human settlements is going to be demolished on Sunday.

The building went up in flames and claimed the lives of three firefighters last year.

The company tasked with bringing the building down safely is Jet Demolition.

Safety manager Marthinus Botha says the structure of the building is severely compromised after the fire.

He says safety precautions for the demolition are in place.

With the exclusion zone we have identified ten residential areas. In those ten residential areas, there are an estimated 1,828 people that need to be evacuated on Sunday.

Marthinus Botha, Safety Manager - Jet Demolition

The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) has encouraged motorists to make use of Rissik Street from the early hours of Saturday night through Sunday at midnight.

The roads on the perimeter of the Bank of Lisbon, especially directly in front of the building, will be cordoned off between Albertina Sisulu Street... that entire block will not be accessible.

Wayne Minnaar, Spokesperson - JMPD

The blockage will happen from midnight on Saturday until midnight on Sunday.

Wayne Minnaar, Spokesperson - JMPD

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