Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Sihle Zikalala and Deputy Minister Bernice Swarts conducted an oversite visit at Salvokop Precinct.
- The project will inject stimulation into the country’s economy and also create jobs.
- The Salvokop Precinct Development was also gazetted as a Strategic Integrated Project (SIP).
- The land alone costs R61 million but the project will be funded by various departments.
- Deputy Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Bernice Swarts requested more women contractors.
As part of this visit, the contractors provided an update on their plans for completing the construction on schedule and checked the status of the project development.
Salvokop’s mixed use precinct development includes the construction of five Head Offices for National Government client departments. The first department whose Head Office is finalised is StatsSA.
According to Zikalala, this project demonstrates the government’s commitment to infrastructure investment. A sustainable economy and job creation are enabled and the construction sector is revitalised as a result.
“They want to develop South Africa into a nation that provides opportunities for everybody.”
He further said that “The project will inject stimulation into the country’s economy and also create job opportunities for Tshwane residents.
The Salvokop Precinct Development was also gazetted as a Strategic Integrated Project (SIP) as part of the Infrastructure Investment Plan approved by the Cabinet in May 2020.
The Salvokop Precinct Development is divided into three phases: Phase 1 entails the installation of internal and bulk infrastructure services as well as the development of four PPP head office buildings; Phase 2 entails the private sector’s development of Business Erven; and Phase 3 entails the development of the mixed-income residential component.
The construction of phase 1 of the project is currently in progress and 64 residents have already been employed under the EPWP programme.
” We are aiming to house government departments which include the department of Higher Education, Justice and Correctional Services, as well as residential areas. The land alone costs R61 million but the project will be funded by various departments” added Zikalala.
Deputy Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Bernice Swarts requested more women contractors.
“With the increasing scope of the project, you must bring more women contractors”. Only two women contractors were part of the project, she said after getting confirmation.
Phase 1 of the project which includes the head office construction is expected to be completed by March 2024. Creation of 3,215 jobs during the construction of phase 1 of the project:
Swarts continued by saying the construction company deployed must ensure EPWP workers are registered with a construction SETA. By doing this, they will be moderated and be able to receive certificates indicating they are entrepreneurs.