A Cabinet decision was taken in 1997 that national-government departments and agencies would remain in the inner city, hopefully in order to contribute to urban regeneration and attract private-sector investment in the area.
However, today many buildings housing the departments remain rundown and dilapidated, DPW COO and acting director-general Dr Sean Philips said at a media briefing.
The new programme, ‘Re Kgabiso Tshwane’, or ‘We are enhancing Tshwane’, aims to improve the physical working environment for government departments and agencies to an acceptable norm and to ensure a long-term accommodation solution for national government by rejuvenating the inner city.
The programme was approved by Cabinet in May, and is now being implemented through a joint initiative by the DPW, the CTMM and the national Department of Public Service and Administration.
Tshwane city municipal manager Blake Mos-ley-Lefatola said that the initiative forms part of the CTMM’s existing 20-year city-development strategy.
The Re Kgabiso Tshwane initiative, or Tsh-wane inner-city project, is based on a spatial-deve- lopment framework of two concentrated develop-ment corridors – running along Church and Paul Kruger streets respectively – and linking Freedom Park with the Union Buildings.
Each department or agency will be dealt with individually, in order to determine what the best action would be to improve its accommodation situation.
Where possible, existing buildings and infra-structure will be used, and the availability of buildings and the possibility of creating clusters of departments with similar mandates will also be taken into account, Phillips said.