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Huge reconstruction costs expected from South African Parliament

Huge reconstruction costs expected from South African Parliament

After the massive fire at Parliament House in South Africa this new weekend, the reconstruction costs of the historic building are expected to reach several million euros.

Reconstruction will take place in hundreds of millions of euros From the Parliament building in South Africa, which was destroyed after a fire costs. “We will need several hundred million, if not billions of rand for the reconstruction,” Cape Town security officer Jean-Pierre Smith told Enca news channel Monday.

According to authorities, on Monday afternoon, dozens of firefighters were still busy battling the building’s isolated fire nests, some of which were nearly 150 years old. The Parliament Library containing valuable books could be saved from the fire due to the fire-resistant walls there. In addition, the stored data can be saved electronically.

Serious deficiencies made fires ignite

Smith spoke of serious flaws that could be caused by poor maintenance. The electrical system did not turn off automatically and the ventilation systems continued to operate. The automatic fire alarm was also triggered after a long time.

In the tourist city of Cape Town, more than 70 firefighters tried for hours over the weekend to get the blaze under control. The fire also destroyed the Plenary Hall of the National Assembly and several offices. The fire first broke out in the back of the building complex that houses the old assembly room and the National Council of Provinces, explained Minister Responsible Patricia de Lille.

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