LIVE BLOG: George collapse: death toll remains at 33 as 18 workers now identified

The building collapse site. Picture: Herman Pieters / George Municipality

The building collapse site. Picture: Herman Pieters / George Municipality

Published May 15, 2024


It has been nine days since the building collapse in George and rescue operations remain under way for the 19 workers still unaccounted for.

The death toll remains at 33 (27 men and six women), 62 workers have been rescued and recovered while 12 workers are still hospitalised.

The George Municipality said 18 people have since been identified.

“The formal identification process has been completed by the Victim Identification Centre and Forensic Pathology Service (FPS) has identified 18 people (14 men and four women),” municipality spokesperson, Chantel Edwards said.

The building collapse site. Picture: Herman Pieters / George Municipality

The nationality of the identified deceased workers has also been established.

Seven of the workers are South African, five are from Malawi, three are from Zimbabwe, two are from Mozambique, and one from Lesotho.

The municipality further said food donations for the impacted families have exceeded the need.

“The George Municipality expresses profound gratitude for the overwhelming support shown through food donations for the families impacted by the recent building collapse. Acknowledging the generosity of the community, the municipality announces that the donations received exceed the immediate needs of the affected families.

“Consequently, no further food donations are necessary until further notice at the George Civic Centre. However, for those still willing to contribute, donations may be redirected to AFM (AGS) Soteria Church at 27 Victoria Street.

“The municipality extends its sincere appreciation to all individuals and organisations for their remarkable outpouring of goodwill during this difficult period,” Edwards said.

National Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi is expected to visit the construction site on Thursday, May 16.

Follow IOL’s coverage as rescue operations continue in George.