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Thursday Feb 21, 2013

Work to rebuild Munitoria starts

Contractors have taken over the site earmarked for the R2-billion headquarters for Tshwane Metro Council.

The site, bordered by Lilian Ngoyi (Van der Walt), Madiba (Vermeulen), Sisulu (Prinsloo) and Johannes Ramokhoase (Proes) streets has been cordoned off to allow the commencement of construction for the new headquarters to be known as Tshwane House.

Work has started on the new headquarters forTshwane Metro Council.

The drone of front-end loaders is becoming a familiar sound as the clearing of the site begins.

Executive Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa handed over the site to the contractors - Tsela Tshweu Investments - a consortium made up of Standard Bank, Nedbank, Group Five and other small ventures. He hoped an "iconic" building would emerge from the Munitoria site.

Council staff have been moved from the southern block of Munitoria to nearby Isivuno building to allow contractors to "strip the building". The municipality will be renting Isivuno until the new headquarters is ready for occupation.

City manager Jason Ngobeni said demolition of the remaining section of Munitoria would take place in May.

Munitoria's west wing was gutted by fire in 1997 and council initially set aside nearly R1.5bn for refurbishment.

The council, then Pretoria City

CCouncil, later resolved that the wing be rebuilt at an estimated cost of R136 million.

It organised a competition, Project Phoenix, aimed at finding a design for the new-look Munitoria.

More than 70 entries were received for the competition, run under the auspices of the Pretoria Institute of Architects.

The competition was won by Holm, Jordaan and Partners which later claimed R44m in damages from the council when plans to construct a new headquarters did not go ahead.

The council admitted that it had entered into an agreement with the firm as winner of the design competition.

More submissions followed and the go-ahead for the rebuilding of Munitoria was only given after a presentation to councillors by project officer Peter Aborn in 2006.

Aborn had carried out a feasibility study for the work.

The Tshwane City Planning and Development Registry and Archives customer service counter has moved from Munitoria.

The counter is now at Isivuno House, Lower Ground (LG) 004, 143 Lilian Ngoyi (Van der Walt) Street.

Due to the relocation, correspondence such as objections/general land use application documentation including proof of advertisements as well as land use applications cannot be submitted/viewed at the previous address.

For electronic submissions of councillor comments, general correspondence, objections and proof of advertisements, residents can send an e-mail to CityP_Registration@TSHWANE.GO V.ZA. For enquiries by phone, residents can contact Liezle van der Merwe, Angelique van Rooyen, Marietta Albertse or Annetjie Gouws at 012 358 3299.

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