By SIZWE ZWANE
THE ANC AND the people of Tshwane have to make sure that Munitoria House became history and Tshwane House became the future and the present. When the ANC government came up with the R2billion Tshwane House project the DAEFF rejected it as a waste of taxpayers’ money now they are reclaiming it. But the DAEFF led administration has hijacked the people’s house and open it secretly without informing the people of Tshwane. Now they are claiming credit for the building that is the brainchild of the ANC-led administration, how can you officially open something that you stood against?
THE ANC TSHWANE Caucus has congratulated the diligent and sterling work that was done by the ANC lead administration. Lesego Makhubela the ANC Tshwane Caucus Spokesperson said firstly in taking bold and decisive steps to demolish what was known as ‘’Munitoria” which was the headquarters of the apartheid administration following the deadly fires that engulfed it, to cover apartheid grand corruption, land and property theft, that lead to the west wing of the offices which was ironically the storage of title deeds, land audit and properties that were owned by the city to be burned without recognition.
“The office was by then managed by the current DAEFF administration MMC of Finance Mrs Fourie, who was at the time the city’s town treasurer a position equivalent to CFO, it is no surprise that she has returned as MMC of finance to cover her dirty tracks.
“We further wish to congratulate the ANC lead government on the delivery of a state of the art building befitting for the nation’s capital and its people. Whilst there may have been challenges during the construction phase of project, which is characteristic of any project of that magnitude,
“We are particularly pleased with the maturity demonstrated by the leadership of government at the time, in handling these challenges. What pleases us more is that consistent with the policies of the ANC on radical economic transformation, these offices which are to be the nerve centre of the capital were built by companies are owned by black industrialist that hails from the dusty townships of the city. The ANC government under the stewardship of Ramokgopa as mayor was not only building offices for the city but was also building strong companies for black industrialists,” said Makhubela.
He said the DA and it’s Youth wing the EFF have been left with an egg on their faces, as they have cried corruption during the construction phases of the project, claiming it won’t be completed, that the project was too big for black companies to handle and that it will take forever to build. We are not perplexed that the offices have been nicodemously or secretively opened by the DAEFF lead municipality, which has not officially informed the public, members of the media and all interested parties for fear of wallowing in their own lies.
The mayor has officially taken occupation of a very specious piece of the building as his office and EFF councillors play comfortably in their air-conditioned offices.
“We call upon the city to officially open the offices to the media and the public so that they may also take ownership of the building built for them by the industrious, diligent and capable ANC government that is known for delivery and biasness to the poor. We urge the mayor and his youth wing the EFF to desist from “telling lies and claiming easy victories,” said Makhubela.
The Tshwane mayoral spokesperson Samkelo Mgobozi played spin doctor by saying, “ I confirm that there is no secret opening. The Mayor announced this thusly”.
Mgobozi sent the City Post a Media statement which does not state the official opening Tshwane House but is about the office of the mayor and city executives moving to the new building.In the same statement, the failed to mention that Tshwane House was started by the ANC administration.
The media statement sent to City Post on Wednesday night as a proof that the opening was not a secret does not mention any official opening of Tshwane House….
Executive Mayor of Tshwane
Office of the Executive Mayor and other City Departments move to Tshwane House
05 June 2017
The Office of the Executive Mayor and other City Departments have begun the major office relocation to the newly built City of Tshwane Headquarters called Tshwane House in the city centre. The Mayor, Speaker, Chief Whip, City Manager and other departments have started moving into this new building as at 02 June 2017.
The Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, expressed pleasure at the milestone: “This move gives effect to better coordination and effectiveness of City services as all departments will now be under one roof. Equally exciting is that the new budget and IDP have been approved and our work can now begin. It sure feels like a new a chapter altogether and we are looking forward to serving our residents under these renewed conditions”.
Msimanga said he was particularly looking forward to the centrally located Council Chamber: “It is a separate structure altogether, with its own iconographic, formal architecture that makes it recognisable as an iconic landmark. Tshwane House is indeed synonymous with the identity of city, where decisions about the city will be made, and the future of the city moulded” added Msimanga.
The new headquarters is one of the first government buildings to target a 5-Star Green Star SA certification within a public-private partnership (PPP). The building – on the site of the old Munitoria Building – was designed to provide a comfortable, healthy and productive working environment for its occupants, with an overall environmental strategy encompassing transport, indoor environmental quality, energy, water and waste.
In March 1997, a wing of the old Munitoria Building was destroyed by fire and was never rebuilt. The intention with the new building was to consolidate office space for the City’s staff in a building that would provide adequate space for the City’s administrative processes and enhance the City’s service delivery capacity, in an environmentally conscious and socially cohesive structure.
The initial design incorporated a basement parking structure with a “citadel-type” building on top, accessed through a single doorway – a solution that did not engage the street or the public at all. Through an iterative process, a cost-effective design was revised by dropping the building to street level and creating a more pedestrian-friendly environment. The result is a rational and elegant, but not opulent building, and an economical structure with a very efficient use of floor plate area and facades.
A park has been incorporated on the eastern side of the site, which can be opened for public functions. This area provides space for a possible future extension to Tshwane House, which will be linked to the first phase by an interstitial corridor.
The fundamental components of the building are a new Council Chamber, efficient office space, and an environment that provides a pleasant and healthy workplace for staff members.
Employees contact details will remain the same, however, there will be a temporary interruption to phones and emails during the relocation process. The entire relocation for all city departments is expected to end on 12 June 2017.
Spokesperson to the Executive Mayor of Tshwane
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