PLANS TO RE­FUR­BISH CHDM OF­FICE BLOCK

The Rep - - FRONT PAGE - ZOLILE MENZELWA

A MUL­TI­MIL­LION-RAND re­fur­bish­ment awaits the Chris Hani Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity (CHDM) Bells Road of­fices while coun­cil has del­e­gated mu­nic­i­pal man­ager (MM) Moppo Mene to look for al­ter­na­tive meet­ing venues.

CHDM spokes­woman Thobeka Mqamelo said about R18-mil­lion would be spent on the re­fur­bish­ment which in­cludes civil works, a ma­jor elec­tri­cal up­grade and struc­tural en­hance­ments and el­e­va­tors.

The work is ex­pected to start this month and will af­fect of­fices which are cur­rently oc­cu­pied by the executive coun­cil and two other di­rec­torates (health and com­mu­nity ser­vices and cor­po­rate ser­vices).

“To min­imise dis­rup­tions, this project will be im­ple­mented in phases fo­cus­ing, firstly, on the MM’s wing which in­cludes the coun­cil cham­ber and pre­fab struc­tures lo­cated at the back of the cham­bers. More works are set to be car­ried out in the foyer, en­trance and on the en­trance façade, first floor and ex­ter­nal civil works,” Mqamelo said.

While a venue for coun­cil sit­tings was be­ing sought – us­ing rule 8.3 which states coun­cil has to ap­prove a change of venue to a spec­i­fied place and for a spec­i­fied pe­riod – size, avail­abil­ity and cost of such a venue would be con­sid­ered.

“A size­able num­ber of staff will be moved to al­ter­na­tive of­fices off Bells Road. Any move will be made known to the pub­lic to re­duce in­con­ve­nience.”

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