Cape Town - It’s been a marathon revamp for City Hall, as the Grand Old Dame who has undergone a nip and tuck to restore her to her former beauty. Standing tall and proud for 113 years against the backdrop of the majestic Table Mountain, this makeover is the first major refurbishment of the facility since 1947.
For nearly 70 years the City Hall was the headquarters of the administration of Cape Town with all decisions relating to the city being made there. On Wednesday Mayor Patricia de Lille was present to reopen the City Hall with an array of guests and performances.
" It is my great honour to welcome you all to this spectacular event where we are celebrating a key part of our Cape Town heritage at the iconic City Hall," De Lille said.
"Tonight’s musical display will be a vibrant demonstration of our City’s diverse talent and takes us down memory lane as we reflect on our history and those songs and moments that are part of our heritage in this beautiful city. There are of course many more ways we can celebrate our heritage but, for the purpose of tonight, we have a diverse group of artists and through all our other events we will continue to celebrate all our cultures and heritage in their various forms.
"We are all in for a treat and I want to say a special thank you to the event organisers and all the performers who are taking to the stage here at our grand City Hall tonight," she said.
De Lille added that t he refurbishment work included replacing and upgrading the auditorium seating; the floors were stabilized and restored; new mechanical ventilation and a new fire system was installed.
The refurbishments will ensure that the City Hall is compliant with the national safety regulations so that all who come to enjoy the venue can do so with ease. The City has so far invested R48 million on the upgrades which started in the last financial year and work will continue in the next financial year.
"I want to thank all of the teams who worked on this project. We can now all come together in this venue and celebrate the launch of a prime asset as a multi-cultural and functional venue," De Lille said.
"The City Hall is one of our oldest and most central public spaces, with a rich history that resonates with Capetonians as well as visitors to our city and has been host to many nationally and internationally important events. Exciting plans are also afoot to position the surrounding precinct and the City Hall as an ideal musical events venue, in addition to being the home of the Malay Choirs and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra."
The City is also in the process of a major upgrade of the Grand Parade to increase the precinct’s attraction as an events venue.