Cape Town International Convention Centre revamp hits snag

Posted On Wednesday, 19 June 2013 14:36 Published by Commercial Property News
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Much-talked-about multimillion-rand Cape Town International Convention Centre expansion looks set to be delayed as the City of Cape Town investigates the centre’s procurement processes relating to the contract for the project design.

Cape Town International Convention centreLast year, a Cape Town trio of architects, Piet Bakker of Stauch Vorster Architects, Anya van der Merwe of Van der Merwe Miszewski Architects, and Mokena Makeka of Makeka Design Lab, were awarded the contract for the design.

A total of 19 tenders were received, including from overseas, of which five were shortlisted to present their concept and design. The city, the Western Cape provincial government, and the CTICC authorities said last year the appointment of the architects was made after a thorough, open public tender process in line with the Municipal Finance Management Act.

But CTICC CE Rashid Toefy said some of the losing bidders had asked the city to investigate the awarding of the contract. The project was initially scheduled to commence in March and be completed in 2015. However, because of the inquiry by the city, the project could now be only completed in the middle of 2016.

The expansion will see the centre doubling its capacity and its contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP). Over the past decade, the CTICC has contributed more than R19bn to the country’s GDP and more than R6bn to the Western Cape GDP. The City of Cape Town has a 51% stake in the centre, the provincial government 25% and SunWest, which also owns the GrandWest Casino, 24%. The expansion will cost about R700m.

The project was also dogged by controversy last year when opposition parties voiced concerns, saying the Democratic Alliance-led administration had paid more than double the market price for the land earmarked as part of the expansion. But a public protector inquiry found the R100m purchase price was reasonable and there was no evidence that anyone had improperly benefited from the deal.

Mr Toefy said at the weekend he was confident the project would still go ahead and be completed in 2016. He said the CTICC was poised to become the top convention centre, not just in Africa, but in the world.

Last modified on Wednesday, 19 June 2013 14:50

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