Sunday, July 7, 2013

Old Munitoria building vanishes in a cloud of dust (Videos)

Munitoria Building Pretoria

The Munitoria building, the former municipal headquarters of the then City Council of Pretoria was built during the 1960’s. The official inauguration took place on 28 February 1969. As the years went by it became one of Pretoria's most recognizable historical landmarks.

Sixteen years ago on 3 March 1997 a fire destroyed the West Block of Munitoria, severely affecting the municipality’s operations and service delivery to its residents. The South Block was saved because of the tenacity of firefighters from the city and neighbouring towns who extinguished the fire after 12 hours. On 1 February 1998, a controlled demolition-implosion reduced the West Block into 40,000 ton of rubble in just three seconds.

The rest of the building was reduced into 120,000 tons of rubble and dust at exactly 12:00 today, in a matter of seconds… Twelve seconds to be exact! It will take about two and half months to remove all the rubble, and the cost will amount to anything between R10-million and R15-million.

A multibillion hyper-modern Metro headquarters, to be called the Tshwane House, will apparently arise from the ashes.

Click here for a fairly comprehensive report on the topic.

I was in no mood to enter the city in search for a good spot to view the demolition, so I took a drive to the heritage site at Fort Klapperkop, which is about 4.5 kilometres (as the crow flies) from the Munitoria building.

While I was getting ready to video the event, with my trusty little Sony Cyper-shot set on its maximum zoom, an extremely talkative fellow appeared on the scene. It was quite obvious - the chap was extremely excited and couldn’t wait to see the explosion. Then it suddenly happened - and the poor fellow missed it all. His comments (Afrikaans) were unfortunately recorded on video:

The following video is a real close-up view of the implosion. It was taken by Riaan Van Aswegen with a mobile phone:

Related Post: The mysterious demolition of the Strijdom Square monument.

PS: I managed to get some excellent footage of Fort Klapperkop while I was there today and will be sharing it on the blog soon… Stay tuned!


Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

A 55sec high definition video of Fort Klapperkop:

Dirtyoldsix said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Ag shit daar mis ek dit!! He he he, jou hoender!

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

So, the new complex they can rather call it Corruption House.

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

See follow-up posting>> Pretoria’s Monument for Victims of Terrorism

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