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State-of-the-art City Fleet workshop complete
A new state-of-the-art City Fleet workshop in Springfield is complete and will be ready for occupation by April. The project, that was delivered by the City Architecture Unit in partnership with the City Fleet Unit, Finance and key support services also empowered local sub-contractors and residents with construction skills.

Officials recently conducted an inspection of the four-story depot with a contract value of R57.6 million. It is set to improve productivity and turnaround times for the servicing of all types of small and heavy Municipal service vehicles and provide much needed upgrade of workshop equipment, ensuring improved efficiency in service delivery.

As part of eThekwini Municipality’s radical economic transformation goal, this project also provided great economic benefits for local communities within ward 25. The Municipality stated that every project with a contract value above R30 million shall set aside 30 percent of the project for Community Participation Groups. Thus creating 50 job opportunities for local labour and 31 subcontracting companies selected from the Priority Population Group.

Furthermore, the main contractor provided training for the sub-contractors and 103 local residents were empowered with construction related skills. The new facilities include a main workshop building, accessed on both sides to service, heavy plant, trucks, hydraulic equipment and provide a tyre exchange. A light motor vehicle workshop is located above the truck workshop and is accessed from the parking deck. The workshops are separated by a central spine that houses the stores, resource facilities, ablutions and staff canteens.

Deputy Head of the Architecture Unit, Allan Shazi said: “The design driver for this building development is underpinned by the provision of a dignified workplace. We aimed to transform the image of the workshops which have evolved to become dignified workplaces where employees are consulted, respected and provided a conducive workspace for efficiency. The building is multi-use combining supply chain management stores, administrative offices and workshops. The building encompasses passive building design principles with rainwater harvesting and passive lighting.”

The new workshops are complex in terms of integrating building services which include electrical, oil, compressed air, HVAC, elevators, gantries, fire and smoke as well as water and rainwater harvesting reticulations.

Malcolm Joshua, Head of City Fleet said: “We have travelled a long road and overcome many challenges. It is good to see this workshop finally come to fruition. I must commend the team for their dedication to see this to completion. As with the successfully upgraded south (Mobeni) and north (Ottawa) workshops, this workshop will offer better working conditions for staff and offer a professional work space for our team of mechanics and administration staff. I am proud to say that the workshop can compare with the best in the private sector.”
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