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The Department of Environmental Affairs moves to a new and green building

11 July 2014

 

The Department of Environmental Affairs will be moving to its new and green premises from today, Friday, 11 July 2014 to 31 July 2014. The new head office will be located at Erf 1563, corner of Soutpansberg and Steve Biko roads (former Beatrix Street) in Arcadia Extension 6, Pretoria and will be fully operational by 01 August 2014.

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa turned the sod in July 2012 marking the commencement of the construction of the new green building. This came after the Department of Environmental Affairs conducted a feasibility study in 2006 for its accommodation needs and arrived at the conclusion that the leased office no longer met its fundamental needs.

The Director- General of the Department, Ms Nosipho Ngcaba, signed the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Agreement between DEA and the Imvelo/Grinaker LTA and has so far been a successful partnership. The building is a reflection of the government’s commitment towards a greener economy and environment as a whole. The design was, in May 2013, given a 6 Green Star rating for office design by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).

The new “Environment House” building boasts, amongst other green elements, several energy efficient features which include compact fluorescent lights, environmentally friendly material and furniture, ergonometric and ‘’worker – friendly’’ work spaces, solar generated power for the facility and will demonstrate efficient resource use.

The services of the Department will be slightly scaled down during the move period but the key services will remain available to clients.

General

Call Centre contact details

The Departmental call centre will be functional at all times and members of the public can contact us on 086 111 2468 or callcentre@environment.gov.za

BID Documents

Documents for advertised bids will be collected from the Department's old building (315 Pretorius Street, Fedsure Forum Building (corner of Lilian Ngoyi-former van der Walt Street), 1st Floor, Information Centre) until 23 July 2014, with effect from 24 July 2014, the bid documents can be collected from Erf 1563, corner of Soutpansberg and Steve Biko roads (former Beatrix Street) in Arcadia Extension 6, Pretoria, at reception.

Environmental Impact Assessments

The Chief Directorate Integrated Environmental Authorisations (EIA) will not accept documents (including applications, reports and letters) at the physical address as of today, 11 July 2014 and correspondence can be sent via the Department’s postal address. Any EIA related queries can be sent to eiaadmin@environment.gov.za

Department of Environmental Affairs
Attention: Director: Integrated Environmental Authorisations
Private Bag X447
Pretoria
0001

The move is likely to result in the delay of acknowledgement, and or reviewing of certain applications and reports. Case officers will not be available telephonically during the period of the move.

EIA related documents can be submitted at the new building from 24 July 2014 at reception.

Job applications

All job applications can still be submitted to the Department of Environmental Affairs at our current premises, 315 Pretorius Street, Fedsure Forum (corner of Lilian Ngoyi-former van der Walt Street) until 31 July 2014. They must be submitted at reception, on the second floor, north tower.

Thereafter, all job applications must be submitted at the new building from 01 August 2014.

The new and green home of Environmental Affairs will raise the bar and demonstrate leadership to the rest of the Departments as ambassadors and protectors of the environment.

For media queries contact:

Albi Modise
Cell: 083 490 2871