Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay 25 April - The Mandela
Bay Development Agency (MBDA) a Not for Profit Company wholly owned by the
Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) tomorrow marks a significant phase in
the restoration of the City’s iconic landmark, the Campanile.
The NMBM tasked
the MBDA to restore the ageing Campanile after an evaluation found the landmark
to be structurally unsafe and needing significant maintenance. The restoration
work commenced at the beginning of March 2016 and should be completed in the
first quarter of 2017.
The Campanile was
completed in 1923 and is now 92 years old and shows the impact of time. The
carillon was installed in 1932 and is now 83 years old. It is a musical instrument that is
typically housed in the bell tower (belfry) of
a church or municipal building. The instrument consists of 23
cast bronze, cup-shaped bells, which are played serially to produce a
melody, or sounded together to play a chord
The carillon was
last restored 16 years ago in 1999. It is the most vulnerable part of the
Campanile being the most exposed to the weather. The steel structure from which
the bells hang, the cradle, is the worst affected. The mechanism connecting the
bells to the keyboard is not in working order and will be modernized and the
bells themselves will be repaired. In addition the MBDA will introduce elements to make the Campanile representative
as a monument belonging to all citizens of the Nelson Mandela Bay.
Tuesday 26th April – Process to remove
On Tuesday (weather permitting) at 8am the bells
will be removed in order to replace the steel girder, from which they are
supported which is extensively rusted. The bells will then be repaired and
returned to the building.
Media and persons
interested in observing the process are kindly invited to be at the Campanile
from 8am. Site specific safety and health restrictions will apply. We kindly
ask visitors to obey all instructions issued by the contractor or representatives
of the MBDA.
The Campanile will
be reopened as a Tourist attraction once it has been fully restored.
Issued by Luvuyo Bangazi
Marketing Manager |
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