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Scores injured after restobar balcony collapses in Cape Town CBD

cape town balcony collapse

Several people were injured when the balcony of a restobar collapsed in Cape Town’s bustling Buitengracht Street in the CBD.

At least 20 people were injured when the balcony of the popular The Athletic Club & Social tapas bar and restaurant in Buitengracht Street collapsed just before 6pm on Thursday.

The three-storey building in which The Athletic Club & Social (ACS) is situated dates back to the 1900s, when it was home to an underground speakeasy-style bar for athletes.

Cape Town CBD balcony collapse

The top-floor lounge and bar’s Signal Hill-facing balcony collapsed.

According to the spokesperson for the provincial health department, Megan Davids, the injured people were transported to various nearby hospitals, including Groote Schuur, Christiaan Barnard and New Somerset, as well as private clinics.

Motorists urged to use alternative routes

Cape Town Etc reported that the street is currently obstructed and motorists are advised to use alternative routes.

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