Munitoria Building demolished

Tshwane Executive Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa says this marks new beginnings for the city.

The Munitoria Building was demolished on 7 July 2013. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

PRETORIA - Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa on Sunday said the destruction of the Munitoria Building in the Pretoria central business district would make service delivery backlogs a thing of the past.

This came as the City of Tshwane earlier imploded the building to make way for a new state of the art municipal headquarters.

At least 120 kilograms of explosives were used to implode the former municipal building.

The building was initially meant to be refurbished after it was burnt down in 1997, but it presented structural safety hazards.

Tshwane Executive Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said the day marked the beginning of a new era for the city.

"We are excited. We are closing an old chapter."

The new building is expected to cost around R3 billion and construction is expected to get underway in September.