MEDIA RELEASE: NATAL COMMAND
AMAFA/HERITAGE KZN TO CONSIDER THE DEMOLITION OF THE BARRACKS BUILDINGS ON THE OLD NATAL COMMAND SITE
The Amafa/Heritage KZN Council is considering an application for the demolition of all the buildings on the old Natal Command site with the exception of the main building known as the “White House”.
Barry Marshall, CEO of Amafa, said that, “The site has been in the public domain for some time, and although not listed as a Heritage Site in the Heritage Register, it remains of interest to the public, and the buildings are over 60 years of age and generally protected in terms of the KZN Heritage Act and the National Heritage Resources Act. For this reason interested and affected parties and the general public are urged to submit any representations that they might wish to make to the Amafa Council as soon as possible.”
Ros Devereux, Amafa’s Head of the Built Environment Section, added that, “the probable reason the “White House” was not protected in the Revised Listing of Important Places and Buildings in Durban in 1986 was that the military objected to the listing at the time. It remains an architecturally and historically important site, however. The barracks buildings were built with a composite of materials that utilised asbestos products (produced as a result of new technology at that time) to save costs and time in order to accommodate troops during the Second World War. The asbestos must be removed as it is environmentally unsafe and the removal thereof will impinge negatively on the conservation worthiness of the barracks buildings.”