For­mer De K­lerk Hou­se trans­for­ma­ti­on be­gins

Mossel Bay Advertiser - - News - Lou­i­se Kar­sten

The De­part­ment of Trans­port and Pu­blic Works has star­ted a R58 mil­li­on pro­ject to trans­form the Mos­sel Bay buil­ding for­mer­ly kno­wn as De K­lerk Hou­se and al­so as the S­port­skool in Marsh S­treet. T­his past week, con­structi­on per­son­nel we­re al­re­a­dy on si­te.

The buil­ding has been emp­ty for y­e­ars and be­ca­me a den of i­n­i­qui­ty, w­he­re po­li­ce and neig­hbour­hood wa­t­ches had their hands full, trying to curb cri­mi­nal acti­vi­ty. Ho­we­ver, c­ri­me at the emp­ty buil­ding will soon be a thing of the past.

De­part­ment spo­kes­per­son By­ron la Hoe says they are going to trans­form the pre­mi­ses in­to a We­stern Ca­pe Go­vern­ment shared of­fi­ces buil­ding.

Con­structi­on work will in­clu­de the de­mo­li­ti­on of de­re­lict out­buil­dings, ad­di­ti­ons, and up­gra­des to the ex­is­ting main buil­ding. The new in­ter­nal la­yout will in­clu­de of­fi­ces and mo­der­ni­sed work­pla­ces for u­ser de­part­ments as well as new ser­vi­ces and fi­nis­hes throug­hout the com­plex. The pe­de­stri­an en­tran­ces from Marsh and Up­per Cross Streets, as well as the vehi­cle access from Field S­treet, will al­so be up­gra­ded.

La Hoe says the pro­ject is ex­pected to be com­ple­ted in mid-2020. On­ce the pro­ject is com­ple­te, the mo­der­ni­sed buil­ding will pro­vi­de of­fi­ce spa­ce for staff of the pro­vin­ci­al de­part­ments of So­ci­al De­ve­lop­ment and E­du­ca­ti­on (cur­rent­ly hou­sed in the Wil­lem van Heer­den Buil­ding), He­alth (cur­rent­ly hou­sed in Di­as), and A­gri­cul­tu­re (new of­fi­ces).

He says they are com­mit­ted to cre­a­ting em­ploy­ment and skills trai­ning op­por­tu­ni­ties. "Du­ring the cour­se of t­his pro­ject, up to 45 pe­op­le are ex­pected to be­ne­fit."

La Hoe says the le­a­se agreement for of­fi­ces in Di­as will co­me to an end w­hen the shared of­fi­ces are re­a­dy. The Wil­lem van Heer­den Buil­ding will fall va­cant and will then be con­ver­ted in­to a De­part­ment of He­alth cli­nic. "A part of t­his buil­ding may be ren­ted to the lo­cal mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty. In­ter­nal po­li­cies and sta­tu­to­ry re­qui­re­ments o­bli­ge the We­stern Ca­pe Go­vern­ment to ma­ke the be­st pos­si­ble use of a­vai­la­ble re­sour­ces."

T­his buil­ding will now be re­no­va­ted and tur­ned in­to of­fi­ces.

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