Advertising scaffold collapse kills one and injures nineteen in Cape Town

December 2012

Live events sector


One woman died and nineteen others were injured while queuing for a Linkin Park concert in Cape Town on Wednesday night after temporary scaffolding built to host advertising by Lucozade collapsed in strong winds. Twelve of those injured required hospital treatment, while a city spokeswoman confirmed to media that one of those near the scaffolding when it collapsed, Florentina Heaven-Popa, had died from her injuries. The Linkin Park gig went ahead, despite the bad weather and resulting scaffolding collapse, with the band unaware of the injuries and fatality until after the show but the band subsequently posted a message on their website expressing “deep sadness and concern for those injured and our heartfelt condolences to the family of the fan who died as a result of her injuries”. The band have no connection to Lucozade or the scaffolding company. The City of Cape Town has appointed structural engineering firm, Vela VKE, and an aerodynamics expert to investigate and assess the scaffolding structure which collapsed.

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