Gambu said the residents would be evacuated and accommodated at Bank City for up to three hours. Once the building has been imploded and cleared, residents would be allowed to return to their homes.
She said residents could only access their residences through pathways created, but no one would be allowed access to the exclusion zone.
“The exclusion zone includes everything inside Diagonal, Pritchard, Simmonds and Commissioner streets. This includes buildings, rooftops, parkings, streets and parks. SAPS will remove any persons or vehicles found in the exclusion zone,” said Gambu.
A number of roads were expected to be affected from Saturday, including Diagonal and Helen Joseph, Albertina Sisulu and Ntemi Piliso, Commissioner and Pixley ka Isaka Seme, Commissioner and Fraser.
The department said contractors had completed pre-demolition works, which included decanting, salvaging, stripping of walls, ceilings and carpets, wrapping of the walls and demolition of basement floor slaps around the main structure core.
It said the site would be cleared by March 2020 and an update on what the land would be used for would be issued later.