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Public Works and Infrastructure has noted with shock that the buildings of Parliament!

The Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure has noted with shock that the buildings of Parliament, Old Assembly and National Assembly have been on fire since early yesterday morning.

The committee is saddened that the facilities of the apex institution of democracy have been damaged by fire and happens at a time when preparations for the State of the Nation Address which is planned to be delivered by President Cyril Ramaphosa in February 2022 have reached an advanced stage.

The committee has consistently stated in its oversight reports that all government buildings have to undergo planned rather than ad hoc maintenance.

The committee calls for calm and to avoid speculations on the source of this devastating fire. Furthermore, the committee calls on South Africans  to give emergency and fire services enough space to do their duty. “Let us ensure that we provide all the support we can offer to ensure that the adjacent buildings such as Tuynhuis where the Presidency has its Cape Town offices, remain protected,” said the Chairperson of the committee, Ms Nolitha Ntobongwana.

The committee eagerly awaits the investigations and reports into this disastrous incident and will ensure that a formal inquest into the cause of the fire is speedily undertaken. The committee also wants a full report on the fire incident that damaged the Old Assembly building of Parliament on 17 March 2021. It is important that the cause of both fires is established.

The committee wants to thank the security services and firefighters for their commitment to keeping the rest of the precinct safe and fighting the fire with everything at their disposal.


Mzukona Mantshontsho is the founder of Nyakaza Media Solutions. Nyakaza Media Solutions is an organisation that was established to help community organisations, business entities, and schools to research, write, document, report, analyse, edit, publish newsletters or bulletins in hard-copy, on-line and maintain websites with the relevant content as per the editorial policy of that organisation, school or entity. Nyakaza Media Solutions has a vision to promote and bring dialogue to communities, businesses and schools about issues that affect them. Nyakaza Media Solutions is on a mission to develop and encourage communities, businesses and learners to celebrate the good, applaud excellence, welcome growth, strive to be better individuals, businesses and communities, want more knowledge, discourage bad and counter-productive behaviour as well as communities, businesses and learners that want to be great SOUTH AFRICANS. Nyakaza Media Solutions is making use of Yo School Magazine as a platform that learners in all schools to make use of to write their stories.

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