Second SANDF building closed due to coronavirus


A second SA National Defence Force (SANDF) building in Pretoria, the country’s military capital, is off-limits following confirmation of a COVID-19 case.

Petersen Bothgongo House in Visagie Street on the southern side of the Pretoria CBD and housing components of the Department of Defence (DoD) Logistics Division is “temporarily closed for deep cleaning” as from Thursday 11 June. An SANDF statement does not say how long the building will be out of bounds, nor where personnel will be temporarily relocated and where logistics related enquiries should be directed.

The 10-storey office block is the second SANDF building to be declared a no-go one in Pretoria this week.

Blenny, the Dequar Road building housing SA Air Force (SAAF) headquarters, was on Wednesday 10 June closed after two staffers tested positive for coronavirus. Initial indications were it would be “ops normal” by today but this was put on hold by SAAF Chief, Lieutenant General Zakes Msimang.

He wants “a thorough decontamination” of the whole building done and extended the shut-down of “certain sections” of the secure building.

SAAF essential services are not affected as the Air Office has taken up residence in an alternative location.

To minimise and prevent further coronavirus infections in SAAF personnel the air force will deploy “trained units” to work alongside SA Military Health Service (SAMHS) specialists. The aim is to add air force in-house capability to boost the overall SANDF capability for efforts to contain coronavirus.