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WATCH: Deadly Bank of Lisbon building imploded

Our memories of the days when the Bank of Lisbon building was a landmark of everyday experience of Johannesburg, albeit during apartheid, are all that will be left. Those were the times when Johannesburg central was safe, orderly and almost spotlessly clean.

The building housed the Bank of Lisbon, which is actually the Mercantile Bank of Lisbon. It was founded in South Africa as a commercial bank in 1965, though its licence was only granted in 1989. On Wednesday, Gauteng MEC for Infrastructure and Property Development Tasneem Motara announced the now done and yet to be dusted controlled demolition of the Pixley Ka Isaka Seme Street situated Bank of Lisbon building, which recently housed three Gauteng departments: co-operative government and traditional affairs, human settlements and health. The building was among eight other such non- compliant buildings owned by the Gauteng Provincial Government.

The building, which forms part of the inner-city landmarks, said Motara, “is today a sad reminder of an incident that we have since learnt from as the Gauteng Provincial Government”.

 

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