A portion of the ceiling at a News Café restaurant in the Woodmead Retail Park collapsed on Wednesday while patrons were in it. A construction designer sustained injuries in the process.
The marketing manager for the brand Varina Singh confirmed the incident and said the store was undergoing some renovations and they are expecting explanations from the onsite construction company‚ Soda Creations.
“While we can confirm that a part of the ceiling collapsed at approximately 11am this morning‚ we are awaiting their full report to determine exactly what happened.”
She revealed that there were 15 patrons seated inside the restaurant‚ but fortunately none sustained any serious injury except the construction designer. She sympathised with the injured and wished him a safe and speedy recovery.
The construction designer who was injured in News Café restaurant incident has been taken to hospital for further treatment.
Singh added that the store where the renovations were taken place that caused the ceiling to collapse had been sealed off from the public to allow engineers make accurate assessment on the entire building. This is to ensure the safety of staff and customers of the News Café restaurant.
“As safety is of paramount importance to News Café‚ the store has subsequently been closed to the public and our staff‚ while an independent engineering consultant will assess the entire restaurant and conduct a safety audit to ensure that everything is returned to safe‚ working order and safe for patronage‚” she said.
Last year recorded two collapsed buildings in June and August respectively. A ceiling collapsed during renovations at the East Rand Mall in Boksburg in August few months after a similar incident happened at Sandton City in June 2015.
One of the patrons present when the ceiling collapsed was Radio and television personality Jeremy Mansfield who took to social media and posted this on Facebook about the life threatening experience:
“Not a good place to have a latte! Newscafe Woodmead. I was on the left where the ceiling (just) held up. Thank goodness. Best wishes to Tyrone who was under the main drop and is in hospital.”
Apparently, he escaped with a cut foot when the ceiling collapsed at the News Café restaurant in Woodmead while the construction designer was not that lucky as he was badly injured from the incident.