Bfn City Hall restored to former glory

Mxolisi Siyonzana, Executive Mayor of the Mangaung Metro Municipality, cutting the ribbon at the official opening of the Bloemfontein City Hall on Thursday, 21 October 2021.

Thursday, 21 October 2021 saw the official reopening of the Bloemfontein City Hall that was torched on 21 June 2017 during a strike by municipal workers.

During the opening ceremony this morning, Mxolisi Siyonzana, Executive Mayor of the Mangaung Metro Municipality, explained that the subsequent expenditure relating to the renovations exceeded R32 million.

In spite of this, Siyonzana, said his office is oozing with excitement as this is the day every resident of Mangaung has been waiting for — the day the Bloemfontein City Hall is finally ready for use by the citizen. He added the City Hall, together with the Raadsaal, and the South African Supreme Court of Appeal, constitute an integral part of the sandstone heritage precinct in President Brand Street.

The principal agent in the project, architect Anton Roodt, who was present at the opening today, explained to Bloemfontein Courant that this project was the highlight of his career. “It was an honour for me to give the City of Roses its heart back,” said Roodt.

Siyonzana made a call to citizens to say “no” to the kind of vandalism that damaged the City Hall more than four years ago. “Let’s seize the moment and say ‘enough is enough, it shall never be repeated again’,” pleaded Siyonzana.

Corn Koteli & Sazly Hartzenberg