Ngqura Port’s ‘green’ building opened

2017-07-05 06:02

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Ngqura Port Manager Tandi Lebakeng said the new administration building was still on track for a four-star green rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).

“We are very proud of this truly world-class building that is poised to become one of the premier ‘green’ buildings in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality,” she said.

The Green building concepts incorporated in the design include rainwater harvesting, solar panels and light motion sensors in certain areas.

The building’s large window areas allow it to take advantage of the port’s panoramic views and natural lighting flowing into the building thereby reducing the need for electrical lighting.

Lebakeng explained that 154 jobs had been created during the construction phase of the admin building and admin craft basin.

“Forty eight of these jobs have been created for black youth, while 285 Eastern Cape employees are also benefiting from skills development programmes associated with these projects.

“In addition, 15 SMMEs in the Eastern Cape have been engaged to provide materials, equipment and services which is a further injection into the local economy,” she said.

A lime kiln, dating back some 65 years, is located outside the port side of the atrium and has been declared a heritage site.

The next milestone at the port would be the opening of its R332 million administration craft basin scheduled for completion later this year. This new facility at the root of the eastern breakwater in the port basin will allow for docking marine craft such as pilot boats and tugboats, as well as various vessels belonging to the SAPS and SANPARKS.

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