MMM responds to Central Park Shopping Centre’s ceiling collapse

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The Mangaung Metro Municipality has responded after a ceiling collapsed at the Central Park Shopping Centre at around 10:30 this morning. According to municipal spokesperson, Qondile Khedama, the Planning directorate of Mangaung Metro visited the Central Park Shopping Centre in Bloemfontein where it was suspected that the building had collapsed.

“On arrival at the scene, it was confirmed that only a portion of the chipboard ceiling (heavier ceiling) had collapsed. The City’s inspector had issued a notice to Broll (building owners) to investigate the cause of the collapse and how they are going to remedy the situation,” Khedama said in a media statement.

According to the statement, the city’s planning team will be waiting for a report from a qualified Structural Engineer, stating the cause of the collapse. Until then, the affected portion of the shopping centre will remain closed.

In a previous article by Bloemfontein Courant Interstate Bus Line’s Stakeholder Relations Manager, Vuyo Ondala, said the bus line will continue to operate as scheduled.

Meanwhile, OFM News has reported that police spokesperson, Thabo Covane, had confirmed three injuries and no fatalities.

Bloemfontein Courant is still trying to get hold of Centre Management for comment.

Pierce van Heerden

pierce@mahareng.co.za