EASTERN Cape Public Works MEC Tandiswa Marawu yesterday announced the development of a R1.5-billion office precinct in Bhisho which would house provincial government departments.
This means public servants working in King William's Town and East London will be relocated to the capital where, according to Marawu, the lack of office space had reached "crisis proportions".
This had impacted negatively on service delivery and the performance of public servants, Marawu said. The departments that would be moving into the proposed new building would be Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Economic Development and Environmental Affairs, and Social Development.
However, while the media was invited to witness the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between premier Noxolo Kiviet and the project's partners – the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) and the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) – at Bhisho's State House yesterday, the signing did not take place and the premier was a no-show.
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