Inner city heritage to be restored

by Ofentse Sefolo
Inner city heritage to be restored

As part of its bid to restore its buildings in the inner city of Tshwane, the Independent Development Trust (IDT) has completed the first phase of a Department of Public Works project to refurbish historical workshop facilities in Minnaar Street to their heritage status.

The facilities used to house mechanical, painting and carpentry workshops and since the buildings are of heritage nature, they ought to be restored and refurbished to their original appearance and preserved as such.

According to the National Heritage Act, a historical structure is a building that is older than 60 years, and no person may alter or demolish such a structure without permission from the provincial heritage resources authority. These buildings can only be refurbished so that they maintain their original look.

First phase completed
The IDT was appointed by the Department of Public Works to implement Phase 1 of the project, the scope of which included the demolition of various buildings which had structural defects and civil works, including earthworks and an access road between the heritage buildings to be restored.

Having kicked off in February 2018, the IDT completed these works in August 2018 – on schedule, scope and budget – at a cost of R17,5 million.

Community consultation
The IDT’s comprehensive social facilitation process ensured that communities were consulted before work on site started to avoid unnecessary stoppages and to ensure that the community take ownership of the facilities once completed.

The project is located under the City of Tshwane Ward 60, and the social facilitation process saw an agreement reached with the communities around the sourcing of labour and sub-contractors and therefore contributing much-needed job opportunities for these communities.

In addition, unskilled workers who were engaged in the project were trained and awarded certificates that will help them to find suitable jobs elsewhere after the completion of the demolitions and civil works.

In the past five years the IDT supported 40 government departments, including building 97 new schools and 36 new health facilities while renovating hundreds more, and created more than 360 000 work opportunities in various communities through its implementation of social infrastructure programmes and the Expanded Public Works Programme.
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The Independent Development Trust (IDT) has completed the first phase of a Department of Public Works project to refurbish and restore its workshop facilities in the inner city of Tshwane.
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