Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sentech tower in disrepair

One of Johannesburg’s iconic landmarks, the Sentech broadcasting tower near Auckland Park, is literally falling apart. Bits of concrete are flaking off the 237 metre-tall structure. The tower is in a state of disrepair thanks in large part - it’s suspected - to acid rain that has rusted steel reinforcements in the tower. However, Sentech has assured residents in the area that the problems don’t pose a danger to them. There is no risk of the tower collapsing.

The structure, which was erected in 1961 at a cost of just R300 000, will soon receive a major maintenance upgrade to fix the problems. Demolishing the structure is not an option: a new one would cost about R300m to erect.

Read the story from Tech Central at
(Radio Netherlands Media Network Weblog)