The Department of Roads and Public Works in partnership with the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) will make “a major announcement” shortly on the construction of the planned Bhisho office complex.
Delivering her Policy Speech, Roads and Public Works MEC Thandiswa Marawu said “vital progress” had been made on the project, adding that it had been “delayed a lot”.
She said it had been absolutely necessary to “tread carefully” given the enormity of the capital required and the “significance of the initiative”.
The MEC said two government-owned buildings in Cacadu and Queenstown were also being up-graded for departments that would save government R4.5 million a year.
The MEC said her depart had also been re-thinking the approach to the maintenance of government departments in the light of the need to give impetus to the programmes for job creation and youth development.
As a result, she said, from the start of the next financial year “we shall be reducing significantly the use of private contractors in maintenance work”.
Marawu said that all minor repairs, renovations and unplanned maintenance work, grass cutting and gardening services would all be done by in-house teams that included the National Youth Service corps.