Tshwane promises better service delivery

2013-07-07 22:05
Pretoria's Munitoria building is imploded to make way for the new City of Tshwane headquarters. (Valeska Abreu, via Twitter)

Pretoria's Munitoria building is imploded to make way for the new City of Tshwane headquarters. (Valeska Abreu, via Twitter)

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Pretoria - Tshwane manager Jason Ngobeni said on Sunday that the city's new state-of-the-art municipal headquarters could boost service delivery.

That's after the old headquarters, the Munitoria building, was destroyed in an implosion.

“The soon to be constructed Tshwane House will enable greater ease of access to services for Tshwane citizens and will further inculcate a culture of increased organisational efficiency”, said Ngobeni.

“The new headquarters will accommodate 1 500 municipal employees considered to be the nerve centre of the municipality, and will thus reduce costs and provide for efficient decision-making.”

The construction of Tshwane House is part of the Tshwane 2055 vision and a regeneration programme aimed at reviving the deteriorated inner city.

In a statement issued shortly after the implosion, the City of Tshwane said like the Munitoria, service delivery backlogs would also be the thing of the past.

The Munitoria was built as the municipal headquarters of the then City Council of Pretoria during the 1960s and its official inauguration took place on 28 February 1969.

The structure had been damaged by fire on different occasions.

Earlier this year, Tshwane handed the Munitoria site over to Tsela Tshweu Construction Joint Venture, signalling the construction of a new municipal residence.

The project will be funded jointly by the city and private partners in a public-private partnership.

Numerous Pretoria residents thronged to the Union Buildings on Sunday morning to witness the implosion.

The 44-year-old building in the city centre tumbled down at midday in a thunderous blast, followed by large billows of smoke and dust.

The building had been wrapped in a blast curtain.

Residents and tourists parked their cars on the streets as they rushed to capture the destruction. Thousands gathered at the Union Buildings lawns owing to its elevation.

Most streets in the city had been cordoned off and many police officers were patrolling the area near the Munitoria.

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