Rustenburg Magistrate Court Reopens after Asbestos Abatement
The Rustenburg Magistrate court, which had been closed in 2016 November due to asbestos concerns, has reopened this month for the community, according to the United States Department of Justice.
The department announced recently that the court would resume normal operations from 1st February, 2017 onward. Thabo Seadira, the regional spokesperson of the department, thanked everyone involved in the process of resolving the asbestos issue.
Tsietsi Malema, the regional head of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DOJ&CD), said he was so happy that the department managed to fix the issues in a timely manner. He apologized to the staff members, community members, and all others for the inconvenience caused due to the asbestos removal process. Malema said he court’s reopening within 2 months of the closure had been a remarkable collaborative effort.
After the court was closed in last November, the DoJ&CD engaged the public works department for addressing the challenge. The public works department contracted competent and accredited service providers for removing asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) present in the building. The work began in December. On 25th January, the public works department declared that the building has been certified safe to use by the Department of Labor.
Asbestos in Buildings
Many people believe that asbestos was initially used in the 1960s. Many of them also believe that asbestos is present only within the decorative finishes like ceiling tiles and textured coatings. But, asbestos had been in use since the 18th century. Despite its hazardous properties, asbestos was used for a variety of purposes within buildings. Though asbestos became a regulated material in the U.S. in the 1980s, many old buildings and structures still contain asbestos.
Risks of Asbestos
Asbestos exposure may lead to the development of severe respiratory disorders and fatal cancers such as malignant mesothelioma and lung cancer. Asbestos is not considered a risk as long as it remains undisturbed. However, asbestos fibers are likely to be airborne when asbestos-containing materials are disturbed, damaged, or broken. For this reason, only accredited parties are supposed to deal with asbestos.
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