Gauteng government-owned buildings are ‘ticking fire bombs’

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Gauteng government-owned buildings are ‘ticking fire bombs’

At some facilities safety equipment hasn’t been serviced for years, while others are just not being maintained

GRAEME HOSKEN and IAVAN PIJOOS

Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni’s buildings are ticking fire bombs. The majority, which are at risk because fire safety laws are flouted, are owned by provincial and local governments, say fire-safety inspectors and firefighters.

Provincial infrastructure and development MEC Tasneem Motara confirmed the dire situation.

“You can walk into any local or provincial government building in Gauteng, including the Johannesburg Civic Centre and all public hospitals, and they will not be fire-safety compliant...

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