R10bn facelift for Pretoria HQ
The Tshwane municipality will finally relocate next week as its old Munitoria headquarters, damaged in a fire in 1997, is set to undergo a R10 billion revamp.
Munitoria is to make way for a R10 billion new headquarters in the city centre.
This was announced by executive mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa during a press briefing yesterday, He said the old Munitoria would be demolished to make way for a new building called Tshwane House.
According to Ramokgopa, the move will be funded jointly by the municipality and private partners in what is said to be a first private-public partnership of its scale in the country. The entire staff currently based at Munitoria will move to a nearby building in Van der Walt Street, where it will be based for the next two to three years. According to Ramokgopa, the council will rent the building until the new headquarters built on the existing site is ready for occupation.
Tsela Tshweu Investments, a consortium made up of Standard Bank, Nedbank, Group Five and other smaller contractors, has been awarded the project.
City manager Jason Ngobeni said the new building would place the municipality in a central location instead of the current situation in which various departments were spread across the city.
"It will allow for the municipality to interact with the residents much more easily and we will be able to group various divisions accordingly. But it will also improve the entire node where it will be located," said Ngobeni.
He couldn't give an exact amount of what it would cost the city to rent the offices where the council would be located temporarily, saying only that it was "market-related". But he confirmed that the municipality would fork out approximately R3bn for the new headquarters while the rest would come from the private sector.