President Ramaphosa Pledges Compensation for George Building Collapse Victims’ Families

President Cyril Ramaphosa promised to recompense families of workers who died in the collapse of the George building in the Western Cape.

In a message to family members, @CyrilRamaphosa stated that the state will help hospitalized workers receive treatment and cover burial expenses.

Ramaphosa stated that the right government authorities will handle compensation specifics:

“Spoke to members of families of victims who have been affected by the construction disaster in George. Government across all levels will demonstrate our compassion and do everything we can to decrease your burden and suffering and make this difficult situation more bearable.”


The President visited George on May 16, 2024, following the fatal collapse of a partially constructed residential building on May 6, 2024. The death toll was 33, with 19 workers still unaccounted for.

The Presidency reports that Ramaphosa began his visit at the Eden Disaster Operations Centre and then went to George Municipal Civic Centre Hall to meet victims and their families. The President was joined by cabinet ministers, Western Cape government members, and Garden Route District Municipality officials.

The day before the President’s visit, the family of one of the first deceased identified following the collapse performed an African traditional ritual at the scene. Andile Magxwalisa’s family stated that the ceremony aimed to summon his spirits and ensure that his soul rests in peace.

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