On the 2nd of January South Africans looked on in horror at a massive fire that broke out at Parliament. This
caused significant damage to the New Assembly Wing of the building, which includes the National Assembly
chamber where lawmakers sit. There was a particular concern that the valuable Keiskamma Tapestry, which is 120m (394ft) long and documents South Africa’s history, may have been damaged or destroyed.
Fortunately this precious artwork survived the blaze! An interesting outcome of the devastating fire that ripped through this important building, was that it placed new interest and a focus on a very precious artwork often overlooked when dealing with the pressing political issues we are dealing with in South Africa.
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