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Protest damage cost city millions

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Repairs to the REC Elliot offices and paypoint amounted to R1.9 million, while it cost R621 000 for repairs to the Greenpoint Hall offices

REPORT: Damages and losses incurred by the Sol Plaatje Municipality as a result of the city-wide protest on July 12 and 13 has cost the city millions of rand. Picture: Danie van der Lith

DAMAGES and losses incurred by the Sol Plaatje Municipality as a result of the city-wide protest on July 12 and 13 has cost the city millions of rand.

In a report drawn up by the acting municipal manager, Ruth Sebolecwe, it was pointed out that the cost of repairs to municipal buildings alone cost just short of R2.8 million.

The total cost of the damages incurred at the time of the writing of the report amounted to more than R3 million.

Repairs to the REC Elliot offices and paypoint amounted to R1.9 million, while it cost R621 000 for repairs to the Greenpoint Hall offices.

Replacing the smashed window panes at the Civic Centre cost
R111 215, while replacing the windows at the Recreational Hall cost R11 670. Replacing the palisade concrete for the halls in Galeshewe, Recreation, RC Elliot and Social Centre cost the municipality
R90 177. A total of R25 000 was spent on repairs at the Morgan and Housing Support Centres.

At the RC Elliot Hall, the fence and windows were severely vandalised while the side wing, as well as the kitchen, were set alight.

Damage caused at the Recreation Hall included vandalism to the fence and windows. Both lapas were bunt and a section of the hall was damaged. A total of 26 windows were smashed.

At the Social Centre, the windows and fences were vandalised, while at the Manne Dipico All Stop Centre in Roodepan all the windows had to be replaced, as well as the carpets and blinds and all the electrical plugs had to be rewired. All the office equipment as well as eight air conditioners were damaged.

At the Committee Services Centre in Greenpoint, 40 windows were smashed, a room was set alight and office equipment including chairs and tables, computers, cabinets and blinds were damaged.

At the civic centre, around 20 windows had to be replaced, as well as doors and security doors that were damaged. Plants, road signs and paving blocks were also removed.

Meanwhile, replacing the stop signs and other road signs from the intersection of Seleke Street, Barkly Road and 19th Street, as well as the road signs down Seleke Street and Nobengula Street as far as the intersection of Nobengula and Marang streets, cost R58 871. A total of 22 stop signs had to be replaced as well as 16 three- and four-way signs. The labour alone for these repairs cost R30 800.

A further R49 800 damage was caused to the decorative and plant containers and bins in the city centre. Six large butternut pots, which cost R5 500 each had to be replaced at a total cost of R33 000, while four small butternut pots, which cost
R4 200 each, also had to be replaced at a total cost of R16 800.

A total of 49 refuse bins, each costing R2 000, had to be replaced while R70 000 was spent on repairs to various signage that was damaged.

The total damage amounted to just over R3 million, although at the time of the compiling of the report this did not include the damage caused to traffic signs in Galeshewe, or the cost of a fire in the Galeshewe Library.