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2014-08-10 15:00

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The City of Tshwane is in talks with the department of international relations and cooperation to build the African Union’s (AU) Pan-African Parliament in South Africa’s capital city – at a cost of R6?billion.

This parliament, all of the AU’s agencies like the New Partnership for Africa’s Development and the African Peer Review Mechanism, along with all the UN’s African agencies, would be part of the same precinct as the Tshwane International Convention Centre, according to Lindiwe Kwele, the city’s acting manager.

The international relations department confirmed the talks but did not offer any further details.

And to make Tshwane even more civil servant-friendly, it’s set to host South Africa’s first “government boulevard” along WF Nkomo Street (formerly part of Church Street), where all government’s major departments will set up shop.

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi, who is spearheading the project, believes creating government boulevards in every city is the answer to government’s leasing headache. Kwele said the bold plan formed part of the first 10 years of the city’s Vision 2055 project.

Two other major multibillion-rand developments already under way include the construction of Tshwane House, the council’s new headquarters and a mixed-use development in the west of the city.

Kwele acknowledged that having a city full of cranes and construction vehicles was frustrating for its residents.

“You can see the congestion in the city currently and people are irritated because of so much work. The remaking of the capital will come at a cost,” she said.

“No pain, no gain – but obviously we need to be quicker. Businesses are complaining of being inconvenienced and losing business, but the long-term benefits will outweigh what they are feeling now.

“Research clearly indicates that 70% of the global population will be residing within cities in the near future, so we have to re-engineer the city,” she added.

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