The Rissik Street Post Office is one of just two public buildings built by the ZAR (in 1897) which is still standing. It stood 102 metres high and was once Johannesburg’s tallest building. This precious heritage building was, however, badly neglected, then destroyed by fire in November 2009. The photo below shows what was left. It has deteriorated still further in the seven years since the fire.
However, I understand that work has begun to restore the iconic Rissik Street Post Office Building to its former glory, albeit in more than one phase. Initially it will be only partially renovated to ensure the structural integrity of the building. At this point it will be used while further funding is sought.
The long-term upgrade will include the complete heritage restoration of the building and will be done in accordance with heritage guidelines, regulations and public meetings provided by the Gauteng Provincial Heritage Resources Authority. The building was proclaimed a national monument in 1978.
My take on this is “About bloody time!” I really hope it all goes well.