The Gauteng Provincial Government has confirmed that the building that housed the Bank of Lisbon is due for demolition as it does not meet safety compliance standards.
The Gauteng Provincial Government spokesperson, Thabo Masebe, has confirmed that the Bank of Lisbon building in the Johannesburg CBD is due for demolition. “Having considered the assessment report and available options to remedy the structural damage…the Bank of Lisbon Building has to be demolished,” he said on Thursday, 7 March 2019.
In September 2018, the Bank of Lisbon building caught fire and claimed the lives of three firefighters. Two of the firefighters were trapped inside the building while trying to fight the blaze and died of smoke inhalation, while the third firefighter fell to his death from the twenty-third floor. Another 13 people were rushed to hospital for treatment. The fire was a result of an electrical fault.
During a media briefing after the fire in September 2018, Gauteng MEC for Infrastructure Development Jacob Mamabolo said the building was faulty. “The building does not comply with occupational health and safety, was not compliant with the basic regulations,” he said.
The Gauteng Provincial Government has now decided to demolish the building, after an assessment showed that the building had sustained severe structural damage from the blaze.
“Any other option would have just been too expensive and also too risky for the environment,” said Masebe.
A contractor has been appointed for the demolition of the building, but a commencement date is yet to be confirmed.