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Wednesday, 26 February 2020

More than R100m on infrastructure spending

DEVELOPMENT: CPUT has spent millions in refurbishing and restoring its buildings on its various campuses. DEVELOPMENT: CPUT has spent millions in refurbishing and restoring its buildings on its various campuses.

CPUT has budgeted more than R100 million for building and refurbishing student residences as well as upgrading and restoring other buildings on the university’s various campuses.

The infrastructure development projects include the refurbishments of Freedom Square Residence on the Bellville Campus and St Peter’s Residence Block D in Observatory, which have now been completed.

The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system upgrades for the Commerce Building, the Design Building and the E-Learning Building on the District Six Campus have also been completed.

Department of Physical Planning’s Manelisi Rarani says that the construction of a new student residence on the Wellington Campus is in progress. “The contractor has been appointed and construction will commence upon approval of the building plans,” says Rarani.

He adds that the restoration of Ikamva Building on the District Six Campus and Greenoaks Building in the Elizabeth Women Residence (Cape Town) is in progress. “The contractor is on site and work is planned to be completed by end of June 2020,” he says.

The restoration of Lecture Theatre 3 on the District Six Campus and the Staff Room on the Mowbray Campus is in progress as the contractors have been appointed and the work will begin after the finalisation of contracts.

He said that the refurbishments of St Peter’s Residence Blocks A, B and C in Observatory, which is underway, are planned to be completed by end of June.

Roof repairs and waterproofing of several buildings on the Bellville Campus have been completed, and Rarani says similar maintenance work on several buildings on the District Six and Granger Bay campuses is in progress and will be completed by end of May.

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.