Mossel Bay shared government offices building project begins
The Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) has started a R58 million project to transform the Mossel Bay building formerly known as House de Klerk into a Western Cape Government (WCG) shared offices building. The project is expected to be completed in mid-2020. Once the project is complete, the modernised building will provide office space for staff of the provincial departments of Social Development and Education (currently housed in the Willem van Heerden Building), Health (currently housed in Diaz Strand), and Agriculture (new offices).
Construction work will include the demolition of derelict outbuildings, additions, and upgrades to the existing main building. The new internal layout will include offices and modernised workplaces for user departments as well as new services and finishes throughout the complex. The pedestrian entrances from Marsh and Upper Cross Streets as well as the vehicle access from Field Street will also be upgraded. During the course of this project, up to 45 people are expected to benefit from employment opportunities.
The lease agreement for offices in Diaz Strand will come to an end when the shared offices are ready. The Willem van Heerden Building will fall vacant and will then be converted into a Department of Health clinic. A part of this building may be rented to the local municipality.
Internal policies and statutory requirements oblige the WCG to make the best possible use of available resources. Whenever WCG-owned buildings are available to house provincial government departments, DTPW is required to use these buildings rather than renting private office accommodation at commercial rates. Reducing operating expenses in this way enables the provincial government to optimise the proportion of resources available for service delivery to the people of the Western Cape.