- The Department of Public Works has approved over half a billion on upcoming construction projects
- These projects involve the refurbishment of MP's houses and improvements to Parliament
- The department says that the renovations are long overdue
The Department of Public Works has announced that they are planning to refurbish MP's houses in a project worth R110 million. There are also plans to refurbish the parliamentary precinct, a project which will cost at least R540 million.
According to a report by News24, the department briefed the Joint Standing Committee on Financial Management of Parliament yesterday. This is only shortly after the Finance Minister released a bleak mid-term budget policy statement. In an ironic development, Briefly.co.za previously reported that Mboweni had confirmed that the country's politicians will also be forced to adjust to harder economic times. He detailed how cabinet ministers, official premiers and provincial MECs will be stripped of luxuries.
Chief director of the Department of Public Works' prestige portfolio, Mzwandile Sazona, is reported to have said that the construction will start next year. He said that the construction was "long overdue" as the buildings were old.
According to the Deputy Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Noxolo Kiviet, the current state of the buildings are a potential risk for disaster.
The projects on the parliamentary precinct totalling a whooping R540 million include renovations on the Marks Building. The R41 million construction has been completed. R110m will be designated to renovate the National Council of Provinces. A R47 million contract was awarded to maintain and update the security system and equipment for access control to the parliamentary precinct.
A massive R249m will be designated for the refurbishment of the eighth to fourteenth floors of 90 Plein Street to provide more office space.
MPs have previously complained about the state of Parliament calling for tuckshops at the parliamentary villages and a day care centre at Parliament. Another MP has complained about spiders at the Laboria Park village.