Our Heritage still soldiers on. Rissik Street Post Office.

The Post rissik street post office in 2013.
The Post rissik street post office in 2013.

Constructed in 1897, The Rissik Street Post Office was one of South Africa’s communication life blood and still remains an important historical and heritage building in the city of Johannesburg. The Post Office had an impressive clock tower which was designed by Lous Collins who also designed a number of other clock towers in the city including the Markham’s Clock down in eloff street.

At the dawn of the 21st century the city of Johannesburg experienced overcrowding of foreigners mostly from African countries. And with most businesses migrating to the northern parts of Johannesburg such as Rosebank and Sandton, this led to a state of debilitation and most buildings were either left unoccupied or occupied by squarters. The Rissik Street Post Office was one of the buildings that fell victim to this illegal occupation.

In 2006 it was burnt down and a decision was taken by the the City of Council to renovate the building. There were negotiations with Gauteng government to subsidise the renovations and have some of their departmental offices there. Although they have subsidised the renovations they however did not have their offices there and the building currently lies mothballed.

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