One of the oldest buildings in Cape Town, the City Hall, is being upgraded at a cost of more than R27 million.
The building which is more than 100-years-old, also serves as a national heritage site and a tourist attraction.
Former President Nelson Mandela made his first speech from the balcony of the City Hall, when he was released from prison, 27 years ago.
The City’s Stuart Diamond says the refurbishment of the iconic building is necessary to preserve its rich history.
“The main entrance has received a fresh paint; the work on a slate roof is in progress. We need to bear in mind that this building has rich heritage value. Its maintenance has to be done with utmost care to reserve its integrity as a heritage building. The refurbishment will enhance aesthetics of the building and together with its proximity to the Grand Parade, Old Drill hall and the Castle of Good hope will establish this precinct as a cultural heart of Cape Town.”[Source: SABC]