POLITICS

The parliamentary fire damage assessed so far – Parliament

Parliament |

05 April 2022

There is severe structural damage to central structure of National Assembly floors 2 to 6

Joint statement by Presiding Officers of Parliament and the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

1 April 2022

Today, Friday 1 April 2022, the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) updated the Joint Standing Committee on the Financial Management of Parliament on the progress with the independent assessment of the Parliament fire damage.

Today’s briefing follows a meeting between the Speaker of the National Assembly and Minister Patricia de Lille earlier this week where the Minister and DPWI provided an update to the Speaker with regard to the independent assessment of the fire damage to Parliament buildings.

With the support and guidance of National Treasury, on 11 February 2022, the Coega Development Corporation was appointed by DPWI to conduct an independent assessment of the fire damage at Parliament.

Following the DPWI Engineering Services’ recommendation that specialised structural engineering assessment work be undertaken in order for the buildings to be made safe for access, a scope of works was generated from the DPWI’s Engineering Services team for this work.

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The scope of work for the assessment by COEGA includes:

  • Assessment of the fire damaged buildings in the parliamentary precinct to pronounce on the extent of the damage
  • Provide professional advice on the safety of the structures.
  • Provide measures to temporarily make the structure safe to allow the investigations to proceed unhindered

Deliverables:

  • Initial Assessment report: Upon completion of the assessment, the service provider is to submit a report within one week of appointment.

COEGA delivered their initial assessment report which revealed the following:

The Coega team completed the bulk of the preliminary assessment on 22 February 2022 and report on the fire damage to the National Assembly Building and the Old Assembly Building following the fires of 2 and 3 January 2022.