Fire damage at Lephalale licensing department delays services 

Rag­ing fire has left scores of motorists in Lep­ha­lale, Limpopo strand­ed for the past three weeks fol­low­ing an inci­dent in which it raged through the Civic Cen­tre caus­ing hav­oc at the local licens­ing depart­ment.

Police esti­mate the dam­age to be more than R100 000.

Those hard hit are peo­ple apply­ing for lean­ers and renew­ing driver’s licences, includ­ing per­mits.

In a state­ment on Tues­day, Lep­ha­lale Munic­i­pal­i­ty Spokesper­son, Con­scious Chiloane  said it was unfor­tu­nate those renew­ing and apply­ing for per­mits and learn­ers licens­es will have to wait a lit­tle longer.

“We apol­o­gise that those ser­vices will remain sus­pend­ed,” said Chiloane.

Limpopo Police Spokesper­son, Brigadier Mot­lafela Mojape­lo said the fire fight­ers extin­guished the fire which had already wrecked three licence depart­ment offices, caus­ing dam­aged esti­mat­ed at over R100 000.

“The cause of fire has not yet known, but the ongo­ing police inves­ti­ga­tions will tell,” said Mojape­lo.

How­ev­er, Chiloane said only those who want to renew­al vehi­cle licens­es, reg­is­tra­tion and change of own­er­ship will get help at post offices, Moku­ru­anyane Thu­song Cen­tre and the Provin­cial Traf­fic Sta­tion along the OR Tam­bo Avenue.

“Licens­ing facil­i­ties men­tioned above have only one ser­vice point. We there­fore request motorists to exer­cise patience at these facil­i­ties,” said Chiloane.

“The Munic­i­pal­i­ty apol­o­gis­es for the incon­ve­nience because of this inci­dent and is doing every­thing pos­si­ble to restore licens­ing ser­vices at the Civic Cen­tre. We will keep you informed about devel­op­ments,” added Chiloane.



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