Government building to be made habitable again

Posted On Wednesday, 28 January 2004 02:00 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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The presidency has appointed an interdepartmental task team to investigate short-term solutions to restore the Civitas Building, which accommodates both the health and home affairs departments in Struben Street, Pretoria.

Civitas BuildingThis follows a public works department inspection of the building which found that the 34-year-old building was ageing rapidly and, like most fixed properties of its age, would require a comprehensive and dedicated maintenance programme to remain compliant with all the applicable laws, including the country's occupational health and safety regulations.

The water reticulation system has deteriorated as a result of water hammer in the pipes and some valves are not strong enough to withstand the pressure.

The task team is exploring shortterm solutions to restore the building to a habitable state for staff to work in in the interim, as well as the relocation of staff into new buildings and an emergency plan to deal with the situation.

Government said that booster pumps were being replaced and that fire extinguishers would be installed in areas where there might be insufficient pressure in the water pipes.

There may also be risks to valuable documents, computer systems and data.

In the meantime, the two departments will continue to operate from Civitas Building until the task team has agreed on alternative accommodation for staff.



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