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President Jacob Zuma to officially open Environmental Affairs’ Green Building

14 October 2014


The President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma will officially open the Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA’s) green building head office, Environment House on 17 October 2014.

The Minister of Environmental Affairs turned the sod for the new building on 19 July 2012 the design and the construction of the new building was carried out over a period of two years. The DEA took occupation of the building in July 2014.

The building has received a 6 Green Star SA rating from the Independent Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). It is the first government building in South Africa to achieve a 6 Green Star SA rating. It is also the first 6 Green Star rated building in the City of Tshwane.

Some of the areas that the building was awarded the 6 Green Star rating for includes: efficient energy consumption, use of environmentally friendly materials, unique and precedent setting energy consumption mechanism which has not been implemented elsewhere in the construction sector in the Republic of South Africa, environmentally friendly transportation modes, efficient and state of the art water saving devices, on-site grey-water treatment works, emissions reduction systems and solar energy innovation systems.

Media is invited to attend the opening and a tour of the building:

Date: Friday, 17 October 2014

Time: 08:30 am

Venue: Environment House
             473 Steve Biko (corner of Soutpansberg Road)
             Arcadia, Pretoria


Media attending the event should send their details to:

Proffesor Ndawonde
Cell: 079 891 2782 or

Sithokozile- Banele Mabena
Cell: 012 399 9989 or

Simangele Queen Mabusela
Tel: 012 399 9987 or