Ramaphosa honors anti-apartheid hero Elijah Barayi

ANC South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa. Image: X/PresidencyZA

George collapse: Emergency personnel hailed true heroes

More than 200 emergency services personnel continue with their rescue operations at the site of the collapsed building on Victoria Street.

Ramaphosa honors anti-apartheid hero Elijah Barayi

ANC South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa. Image: X/PresidencyZA

The number of people retrieved from the collapsed five-storey building in George has risen to 36 as of Wednesday morning.

So far, rescuers have rescued a total of 36 workers 

This means 39 others are currently unaccounted for, while seven people have been declared dead. 

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said the multi-disciplinary team of more than 200 emergency services personnel continues its rescue operations at the site of the collapsed building on Victoria Street.

MORE THAN 200 EMERGENCY SERVICE PERSONNEL ARE WORKING HARD 

Reports indicate that seventy-five construction workers were on-site at the time of the collapse, which occurred around 14:00 on Monday.

“From the first responders who have been working tirelessly since Monday afternoon to save the lives of the trapped construction workers, to residents who turned out in their numbers to offer help in any way that they can. You all make me as your Premier of this extraordinary province humble and grateful for everything you have done and are still doing,” the Premier said after touring the site. 

THEY ARE SEARCHING FOR THE REMAINING 39 WORKERS 

He said the teams on the ground are working tirelessly to rescue the remaining 39 individuals. 

“I cannot express the emotions I felt yesterday when the site suddenly went completely quiet in the hope that our teams might be close to locating another survivor.”

RAMAPHOSA HAS OFFERED HIS DEEP CONDOLENCES TO THE AFFECTED FAMILIES 

On Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa offered his deep condolences to the relatives and friends of the deceased.

His statement read, “The President’s thoughts are with the families who have lost loved ones as well as the families of close to 50 people trapped in the rubble.”

Also, wish the best to the rescue team 

He also wished the rescue team the best as they go about their operations and said the investigations into the cause of the incident must aim to bring closure to the community and prevent a repeat of this disaster.