Construction of the R2,5bn Gauteng government precinct and its controversial central square has been delayed pending the outcome of an appeal by the province against a decision to allow the demolition of only five of the 10 disputed buildings in Johannesburg's inner city.

Construction of the R2,5bn Gauteng government precinct and its controversial central square has been delayed pending the outcome of an appeal by the province against a decision to allow the demolition of only five of the 10 disputed buildings in Johannesburg's inner city.

Wednesday, 30 November 2005 02:00

Joburg's precinct 'cheaper than rent'

Premier Mbhazima Shilowa yesterday defended the R2,5 billion price tag of the Gauteng government precinct in inner Johannesburg, arguing that it was cheaper than paying rent.

Architects and heritage consultants have lodged a request for an urgent appeal against a controversial decision by the South African Heritage Resources Agency (Sahra) to demolish 10 historic Art Deco-style buildings in Johannesburg’s inner city.

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