Concern over fallen historic light-pole

An earlier picture of Publicity House with a light-pole similar to the fallen one in focus

Amafa Heritage KZN Head of Buildings and Environment Ros Devereaux said the pole formed parted of the city’s architectural historic treasures which include the imposing City Hall and Publicity House that was erected in 1884 and later on registered with the provincial administration as a historical site.
“Therefore the whole area, buildings, arches, windows and poles are of importance and should be maintained fully,” said Devereaux. She said the historical items made of metal and iron were a “gold mine” for metal and steel collectors as they had tremendous financial value and could not be left unattended when broken or dilapidated.

Municipality spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said while the municipality was aware of the fallen post, the City was in discussions with the relevant role players to re-erect the pole. She added that they were also aware of the historic importance of the pole and the legacy that needed to be protected. Sterling Wrought Iron manager, Guy Sterling said that the estimated value of the broken pole could range between R5000-R10000, if not more.

“It’s cast iron so very difficult to repair and when broken should be attended to immediately as it will take time to repair,” said Sterling.

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