Minister of Finance Enoch Godongwana announced during the Mid-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on Wednesday that R2 billion will be set aside for the restoration of the damaged parliamentary buildings.
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According to BusinessTech, the damage to the Cape Town buildings was caused by a three-day fire that gutted parts of the precinct, including the historic National Assembly Chamber, in January this year.
Fire damaged key buildings
The fire damaged key offices, chambers and meeting rooms in both the National Assembly and Old Assembly buildings.
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Following the fire, parliament – together with the department of public works and infrastructure – assessed the extent of the damage caused, the estimated costs and the quantification of the damage.
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In the submission to Treasury, parliament noted that the funds be directly allocated to them instead of the department of public works and infrastructure.
“The allocation allows parliament to urgently deal with infrastructure challenges posed by the fire, which includes rebuilding damaged structures, interim arrangement for the physical return of all members of parliament for plenary and committee sittings, broadcast infrastructure and modernisation of committee rooms to enable hybrid meetings,” said parliament in a statement.
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