The Parliament Secretary said he is pleased with the progress that had been made so far to upgrade infrastructure on the buildings that were damaged by a fire allegedly started by Zandile Mafe in 2022.

Cape Argus report notes that Xolile George, said the project team had put together a programme with designs scheduled to be completed by February 2024 to allow the pre-qualified contractors to price their bids.

He said the planned completion date is 28 November 2025.

‘After the project was handed over to Parliament by the Department of Public Works & Infrastructure in March 2023, work began in earnest. Planning, design work, and procurement were concluded for the reconfiguration of the 4th and 5th floors in the 90 Plein Street building. Construction started on 17 July 2023, and was completed on 6 September,’ said George.

He said a total of 155 offices for MPs were completed within a period of seven weeks.

Also part of the project was the building of 20 interpretation booths and two sign language studios to support the core business of Parliament.

George said a temporary roof was installed on the sections of the Old Assembly building that were affected by the fire, to ensure that the interior of the building is protected from elements and that work during construction can continue without disruptions.

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