- Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga ordered that all City of Tshwane buildings be checked for safety compliance
- The mayor wants to prevent the loss of lives that happened in Johannesburg when a government-used building burned down
- Mayor Msimanga feels the government can't allow buildings to remain operational if they don't meet standards
The recent fire that claimed three lives in Johannesburg has apparently shaken the government and its official into action.
Tshwane's Mayor Solly Msimanga has instructed that all the Tshwane building be checked for safety compliance.
Mayor Msimanga wrote to the Tshwane city manager and ordered that a comprehensive investigation is launched into the fire compliance and health and safety standards of buildings.
A thorough report must then be compiled of all the findings.
According to a report by The Citizen, the mayor's goal is to preserve lives. Government buildings house thousands of people who work there every day.
The mayor stated that any building that is not up to standard will stop operating before another disaster strikes, as happened in Johannesburg.
One of the firefighters that had to fight the inferno, laid the blame for their deaths squarely on the shoulders of the government, according to an earlier report by Briefly.co.za.
Mayor Msimanga said that the government cannot allow buildings that are only partially compliant to operate.
He added that the Poyntons building is non-compliant and will be closed down. The building housed over 1 000 people but didn't meet the minimum fire safety requirements.
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