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South Africa: Parliament confirms fire containment


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It was very reassuring that Congress confirmed the containment of the fire relapse on the roof of the Parliament (NA) on Monday, and there were no further fire incidents.

The last 24 hours have been very important and firefighters have carefully monitored and combed the scene.

After containing the fire at midnight yesterday, firefighters were less able to monitor the situation, but stayed at the scene to perform a thorough assessment and determine the extent of the damage caused.

Since Sunday, 300 firefighters have been working in shifts and there are more than 60 fire trucks. Currently, one fire engine remains on site and five crew members are working on all floors to prevent flare-ups.

Firefighters will assess the possibility of a complete withdrawal from the site later this afternoon to see if the building is safe to be handed over to South African police.

Parliamentary chairs Noshibiwe Mapisa Nukakura and Amos Massondo praise the heartfelt firefighters. Firefighters fought to control the fire within the parliamentary grounds.

The degree of damage to NA is serious. The chair confirmed that efforts to save Mace were successful yesterday after two days of fire. It was recovered from a safe storage location without damage.

Mace is an important symbol of NA authority and seat. It is taken to the Chamber of Commerce by a guard and announces the arrival of the NA chair.

This means that the House of Representatives is officially in session and the proceedings are official. Mace was designed to reflect South African history, traditions and diverse cultures and languages. The design also celebrates its natural beauty, the life of plants and animals, and its abundant mineral resources.

NA speakers are grateful to have saved Mace as it can be difficult to recreation.

The museum is also intact from works of art and heritage, and devastating fires such as the Keithkan Marifia tapestry on the ground floor of the Old Parliament Building.

Keiskamma Tapestry tells the story of South Africa with beadwork, skins and embroidery from the perspective of the general public. It is 112 meters long and 70 meters high. The artwork was created by a woman from the Keiskamma Art Project, a community initiative and non-profit organization in Hamburg, on the banks of the Keiskamma River in the Ngqushwa region of the Eastern Cape.

It is a powerful symbol of our National Parliament. This shows support for women’s empowerment and support for community initiatives. Former NA Chairman Baleka Mbete announced the tapestry on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2006.

As part of yesterday’s internal stakeholder meeting, the chair briefed party leaders, Chief Whips Forum and NEHAWU leaders.

The chair reassured everyone that no stones would be left to figure out how the incident happened. They said Congress would conduct an internal investigation into the revocation that caused the case.

“I don’t want to speculate on the cause of this incident, but I’m still very concerned that the parliamentary system and its symbols could be destroyed in this way, so we’re fully accountable. Demand, and if so, demand that the responsible person be punished, “said the chair.

They also called for everyone to work together in spite of the incident to find a way to keep the work of Congress going and prevent the disaster from upsetting the important work of the institution.

He also confirmed that national speeches, budget speeches and other programs proceeded as planned.

Congress will share details about where and how these events occur.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of South Africa: Parliament.

South Africa: Parliament confirms fire containment

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