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Thursday Jan 31, 2013

R30m to make Cape Town City Hall shine

Cape Town City Hall is to be restored to its former glory this year at a cost of R30 million - if the budget is approved.

Grant Pascoe, mayoral committee member for tourism, events and marketing, said: "We've spent R4m thus far on necessary upgrades and we needed specialists to advise us on the architectural and structural assessment because the City Hall is a heritage building. If the budget is approved work will begin on the roof, light fittings and ceiling this year."

A turnaround strategy was adopted in 2009 for the repair and upgrade of the building. This included R1m to refurbish toilets, and R500 000 to restore woodwork.

Repairs to the roof would cost an estimated R15m, and upgrading the auditorium R6m. Electrical system upgrading would cost about R2m.

The city is planning to complete the projects over the next two to three years.

Cape Argus

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