Annisa Essack | firstname.lastname@example.org
26 August 2023 | 10:00 CAT
1 min read
The eThekwini Municipality has decided to demolish the China Emporium building, which was damaged by fire in January 2022, and recover the costs from the developer. The building, located near the Durban University of Technology, has been declared a health hazard and an eyesore by the city.
The demolition of the building, which will cost R28 million, has been approved by the municipality’s executive committee (EXCO) on 22 August 2023. The city said the structure is unstable and poses a risk of collapse. It also noted that the building has caused traffic congestion, business disruptions, illegal dumping and unsanctioned public use.
The city obtained a court order in September 2022 to demolish the building after the owner, Zoloscore Investments (Pty) Ltd, failed to do so within six months. The owner is technically in breach of the court order, which empowers the city to demolish the building and recover the costs from the owner.
The city said demolishing the building is part of its broader strategy to create a secure urban environment and foster economic growth. It said the demolition will pave the way for new investment opportunities.
The demolition will include clearing rubble, cleaning up the property and securing the site afterwards. The city said it will announce the date and time of the demolition soon. It also said it will work with relevant stakeholders to ensure minimal disruption to residents and businesses during demolition.