UCT: Most buildings damaged by fire will be repaired by end of July

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande visited the campus on Friday, where he promised that the university would get assistance with rebuilding following a devastating fire.

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande with UCT Vice-Chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng during the minister's visit to the university on 14 May 2021, to inspect the damage to some building in a wildfire earlier in the year. Picure: Graig-Lee Smith/Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN – The University of Cape Town (UCT) says most of its buildings that were damaged in a fire will be repaired by the end of July.

The blaze that started on the outskirts of the city tore through the institution last month, damaging a historic library along with other structures.

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande visited the campus on Friday, where he promised that the university would get assistance with rebuilding.

UCT Vice-Chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng said contractors were also hard at work to repair the damage.

“In terms of when we think the work will be done; the damage to the buildings is different, so what we are doing to [some buildings] is repair, and with repairs we can start immediately, and I think at the end of July – at the latest – we should be done with at least the repairs.”

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