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Towers to tumble soon

by Tauriq Hassen
03 Oct 2007
The Peoples Post
The Peoples Post

The fate of the Athlone towers has been finalised by the city council and an empty space van be expected next to the N2 highway soon.

The towers became a conversation point recently when there was talk of demolishing them. Many of the long-time residents are saddened by the plan.

"Why are they tearing the towers down? Those towers exist longer than the people who are breaking them down," says Adrian Cooler, resident of the Athlone area.

Explosives will be used to bring down the aging towers, but there are complications that need to be revised.

The towers are made of asbestos and asbestos dust is very harmful to the human body.

"It's not just the actual towers that are a danger, but the land around it also contains a lot of asbestos," says Ed Herbst, media liaison officer for the City of Cape Town.

"We are now awaiting reports, but we are certain that the towers are going to be replaced with something that makes the area stand out," says Herbst.

Construction companies are all standing in line to build the new landmark that will replace the famous Athlone towers.

"I'm certainly not happy about it and what are they going to replace it with? Another football stadium for 2010?" asks Cooler.

Although there are a few negative views on the destruction of the towers, there are residents who feel that bringing down the towers could mean a whole new look for that strip.

"Maybe it is exactly what this area needs and I'm a supporter of what will happen to that piece of land," says Lisa Mitchells, resident of Athlone.

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