There’s been progress in the probe to determine the cause of the fire which gutted Parliament as Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille says the Coega Development Corporation, a service provider which was appointed to conduct an assessment of the extent of damage, has completed its preliminary assessment report.
De Lille announced the appointment of an independent specialist engineering team to conduct an investigation and provide a detailed report, earlier this month.
“The Coega team has completed the bulk of the preliminary assessment and report on the fire damage to the New National Assembly Building and the Old Assembly Building following the fires of 2 and 3 January 2022. The basement floors of the New Assembly Building are flooded and more inspection work needs to be done in this area. The assessment confirmed that the fire in the National Assembly building caused significant damage to the central structural elements from the 2nd floor up to the 6th floor, but the structural integrity is such that the structure is not vulnerable to collapse”
Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille
PARLIAMENT FIRE: NO WORD YET ON COSTS OF DAMAGE
In addition, Patricia de Lille another aspect of the Parliament fire investigation is determining the costs of the damage. Initial reports had suggested repairs would cost the taxpayer hundreds of millions of rands, but that is yet to be determined.
“The Coega team is on track to commence with the second phase comprising the detailed assessment to determine the extent of damage for full restoration of the building, including providing a cost and time estimate for such works. The latter will commence after the forensic investigations and should take three weeks to conclude,” De Lille said.
The minister says Coega’s detailed assessment report will be communicated to the media and public as soon as it has been finalised and will include pronouncement on possible long term restorative measures and a detailed assessment report indicating the extent of the damage and any other structural issues.