Public Works clarifies reports on millions set to be spent on building upgrades

The Department of Public Works says only R10 million of an estimated R750 million set aside for the refurbishment of state buildings will go toward the renovation of ministerial homes and forms part of the so-called Prestige Portfolio - the public works division that manages accommodation for the presidency, ministers, deputy ministers and parliamentary property.

The department was responding to news headlines which suggest that Government plans to spend hundreds of millions on houses occupied by ministers.

READ: Outa outraged at plans to spend millions on renovating ministers' houses

Public Works Head of property management trading entity Jacob Maroga joined Gushwell Brooks, standing in for Karima Brown, to clarify the matter.

The details are that, yes there is a portion of ministerial houses in there but it is minuscule.

Jacob Maroga, Head of property management trading entity - Department of public works

I have listened to OUTA's clip in terms of issues of maintenance but if the facts were presented as they understand them then yes the outrage would be justified, but the facts are slightly different.

Jacob Maroga, Head of property management trading entity - Department of public works

Maroga says Public Works manages about 80 000 properties of the state and these vary in terms of their functions.

He says the bulk of the money allocated to the prestige portfolio goes into parliamentary villages in Cape Town where 400 members of parliament are housed, the parliamentary precinct and the Union Building in Pretoria.

We have offices, prisons, courts, residential accommodation of various departments from military, police, parliament, ministers, chief justice. In that portfolio we are allocated money for construction, upgrade, refurbishment and maintenance.

Jacob Maroga, Head of property management trading entity - Department of public works

Refurbishment and renewal are part of a very big narrative and story in terms of how we manage these properties.

Jacob Maroga, Head of property management trading entity - Department of public works

Click on the link below to hear more from Maroga...


This article first appeared on 702 : Public Works clarifies reports on millions set to be spent on building upgrades


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Is a third-party insurance in place of the Road Accident Fund a better idea?

Is a third-party insurance in place of the Road Accident Fund a better idea?

The transport department has announced that it intends to scrap the embattled Road Accident Fund for a new scheme.

[LISTEN] Who has been funding SA's political parties?

[LISTEN] Who has been funding SA's political parties?

Gushwell Brooks, standing in for Karima Brown, spoke to to My Vote Counts (MVC) Political systems researcher Zahira Grimwood.

Outa outraged at plans to spend millions on renovating ministers' houses

Outa outraged at plans to spend millions on renovating ministers' houses

Minister Thulas Nxesi announced details of the plan which includes renovations on state buildings.

PP subpoenas Gordhan to submit affidavit related to 'rogue unit'

PP subpoenas Gordhan to submit affidavit related to 'rogue unit'

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan's lawyer Attorney Tebogo Malatji said they had considered this matter closed.

NPA says there are no new appointments but restructuring process is in place

NPA says there are no new appointments but restructuring process is in place

NPA spokesperson Bulelwa Makeke says while Batohi has briefed staff on her restructuring plans,there have been some obstacles.

'There will be plenty of books, how we get them? Don't worry'- ANCYL Free State

'There will be plenty of books, how we get them? Don't worry'- ANCYL Free State

The ANCYL in the Free State says it plans to burn copies of Pieter-Louis Myburgh's new book at a dump site next week.

Popular articles
Paramedics fear for their lives as attacks on EMS crews continue

Paramedics fear for their lives as attacks on EMS crews continue

An ambulance crew was held at gunpoint, assaulted and robbed of their belongings while on a call out in Khayelitsha.

What is constructive dismissal? (and how to prove it)

What is constructive dismissal? (and how to prove it)

Employers and employees get confused about what constitutes a constructive dismissal. Labour lawyer Natasha Moni dives in deep.

Why Genetic Sexual Attraction isn't quite the same as incest

Why Genetic Sexual Attraction isn't quite the same as incest

Clinical sexologist Dr Eve unpacks the complex phenomenon of estranged relatives who are sexually attracted to each other.

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

These are the emergency numbers you should have on your cellphone and this is what you must understand about how they work.