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Using Western Cape Government property efficiently

(Western Cape Government)

The Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) recently published the 8th edition of its Property Efficiency Report (PER) for the 2018/19 financial year. It describes the innovative ways in which we are reducing our carbon footprint, saving money, and using our office space efficiently.

In 2018/19, water consumption fell by 9% compared to the previous year, and electricity consumption is 35% more efficient than the private sector.

Rooftop solar photo-voltaic (PV) systems

solar panels

To prove the Western Cape Government's (WCG's) commitment and  to  lead  the  way,  the  DTPW  has  made  a  significant  investment  in  the  installation  of  rooftop  solar  PV  systems  at 17 government-owned properties since September 2016.

The current cumulative  energy  saving  for  the  initial  phase  of  the  solar PV project  is  estimated at more than R3.6 million. We now generate approximately 2% of the energy we consume from our own solar PV plants.

PV panels have been installed at these WCG-owned buildings:  

  • 9 Dorp Street, Cape Town
  • Vangate Shared Services Centre, Athlone
  • 27 Wale Street, Cape Town
  • Alfred Street library building, Green Point
  • Alfred Street Building (CMD)
  • Karl Bremer Hospital
  • Khayelitsha Shares Services Centre
  • GMT Building in Maitland
  • Goulburn Building in Goodwood
  • Cape Teaching and Learning Institute
  • Kromme Rhee
  • Gene Louw Building
  • Elsenberg Administration Building
  • 4 Dorp Street
  • York Park Garage
  • Dassen Island, Cape Town Nature
  • Artscape



A new standard workspace design enabled an increase in the workspace capacity of almost 30%. Before modernisation, the desk space of a work station  was 13 m². After modernisation, space per desk stands at 10 m².

Through modernisation we aim to create an efficient, modern working environment by:

  • Reducing the amount of leased space,
  • Improving workplace efficiency, and
  • Implementing versatile space, furniture and fitting.

The  number of desks increased from 200 to 254. There was an average 27% gain in space efficiency.

Using less water

Water BCP

We are continuing to report on savings from waterless urinals, supplementary water supplies from groundwater sources for purposes such as flushing toilets, and the new heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) plants at 9 Dorp, 4 Dorp and 27 Wale.

Number 3 Dorp Street in Cape Town is the only building in the CBD that recycles blackwater (sewerage water). An estimated 1 million litres per annum is captured for reuse from this single building. Any water that is not reused for the flushing of toilets is rerouted to the lush, rooftop garden. 

Watch: Property Efficiency Report 2018/19

The content on this page was last updated on 28 January 2020