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Partnership needed to revitalise CBD

Failure to comply will lead to corrective measures being implemented.

The City of Ekurhuleni believes the Brakpan business community and local chamber of commerce should work with the municipality to develop a revitalisation plan for the Brakpan CBD.

This was in response to the article ‘Vacant shops stripped bare’ in last week’s Herald, which detailed the destruction of the old Brakpan Mall at the hands of vandals and thieves.

According to City spokesperson Zweli Dlamini, the mall consists of multiple business erven, which are privately owned.

“The mall, as well as other businesses within the Brakpan CBD, experienced a steady decline in economic sustainability over the last 10 years,” he said.

“Many businesses have closed resulting in vacant property, which is prone to vandalism by vagrants and opportunists.”

While the property is privately owned, Dlamini explained the municipality’s Building Division and City Planning departments will engage the owners of the property to ensure that they comply with prevailing building and planning legislation.

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“The owners of the property have a responsibility to report any illegal activity on their property to the SAPS and institute their own security measures to protect their property,” said Dlamini.

Regarding attempts to strip the landmark clock in the mall of its metal, Dlamini stated the matter has been forwarded to the City’s Facilities Management Division to investigate the damage to the clock with a view to salvaging the structure.

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