City of Tshwane saves R100m from office lease termination

the The city’s MMC for corporate and shared services, Kingsley Wakelin, said some departments and employees are moving to other buildings within the Metro.

He said the The relocation process is being led by the City’s public assets and will also help reduce rental costs.

This will ensure operational efficiency while optimizing productivity for better customer service.

“Over the past 12 to 20 years, the City has occupied a variety of high-cost leased buildings due to lease escalation rates exceeding inflation,”

said Wakelin.

To date, as part of this process, the City has already terminated nine leases.

The employees were transferred to the Middestad building, the lease of which was obtained through a competitive process.

He said the Middestad building now houses various municipal services, such as:

  • Department of Economic Development and Land Use Planning
  • Department of Energy and Electricity
  • Group Financial Services

In addition, the building also houses customer services, such as building control, urban planning, and customer service.

“The Middestad building is on Thabo Sehume Street in the CBD of Pretoria. It is within walking distance of various transport links, Pretoria station and Gautrain station,”

said Wakelin.

MOVING TO OTHER TSHWANE BUILDINGS IN PROGRESS

Additionally, as part of the office relocation process, the Supply Chain Management Officers of the Acquisitions and Demand Management Division have also moved to Tshwane House, which is the headquarters of the city.

Plans are already underway to relocate the Licensing Services Division from a leased building to City-owned Building C de Wet.

“Moving has already saved R100,000,000 annually in office rental. The City will continue to implement other measures to reduce rental costs,”

said Wakelin.

SMART METERING THE CITY’S WAY TO MAKE SERVICES AFFORDABLE

Meanwhile, earlier this week, the City of Tshwane announced the progress it is making with its continued deployment of smart meters.

The city is replacing conventional electricity meters with new smart prepaid meters for all households in Tshwane.


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