In a significant move to enhance service delivery, Ekurhuleni’s metro has confirmed the construction of a state-of-the-art EMPD precinct in Northmead on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Sixth Street, with an estimated cost of R48.2 million.
The initiative, part of the metro’s commitment to accelerating service delivery, is progressing well, with construction initiated in the 2019/2020 financial year. The process faced a temporary halt during the COVID-19 lockdown but has resumed, now approaching the final stages of completion, according to Zweli Dlamini, the metro spokesperson.
Dlamini highlighted that regular inspections occur to ensure compliance with the approved plans, reflecting the metro’s dedication to maintaining high standards in this new infrastructure project. The precinct will house essential facilities such as offices, a traffic fines payment office, a vehicle impound, an accident complaints office, and bylaw and crime prevention operations.
The EMPD Social Crime Prevention Unit (East) and children’s traffic training offices will remain on-site during the construction of the new precinct, ensuring continuity in essential services. The breakdown of expenditure indicates a well-structured financial plan. There will be allocations for each financial year, including:
- R5 million in 2019/20,
- R1 million in 2020/21,
- R9.2 million in 2021/22,
- R15 million in 2022/23, and
- R18 million in 2023/24.
This crucial project’s completion date is June next year, marking a significant milestone in the ongoing efforts to enhance law enforcement and community services in the Northmead area. The new EMPD precinct is poised to become a central hub for various operations, contributing to the overall safety and well-being of the community.
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