Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site Interpretation Centre

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    After many false starts and accusations of corruption and mismanagement, it appears as though things are looking up for the Vredefort Dome Interpretation Centre. A Request for Proposal to assess the structure has been issued by the Department of Tourism (see details below). Please use this thread to add background and track progress.
    RFP / Tender details – Closing Date – 13 November 2015

    Request for proposals from structural engineering firm for the provision of structural engineering services for the Tourism Expanded Public Works Project (FS VREDEFORT DOME INTERPRETATION CENTRE).

    Here are the GPS Coordinates
    26‹54f35.62S
    27‹25f43.06E

    REQUIRED AT: Gauteng: Department of Tourism: Bid/Tender Administration Office

    TENDER NO: NDT0005/ 15

    CLOSING DATE: 2015-11-13 at 11:00

    Meeting/Briefing Session:Directions Enquiries to Compulsory Bid Briefing Session Only: Mr. Jonga Kuhlane, tel. (012) 444 6474 ,Cell no.083 406 0326 or e-mail: jkuhlane@tourism.gov.za22 October 2015, 10:00. FS VREDEFORT DOME INTERPRETATION CENTRE..

    Bids obtainable from: Department of Tourism’s Head Office, Tourism House, Ground Floor (Tender Box), Trevenna Street, Sunnyside,Pretoria. OR www.tourism.gov.za,

    Post or Deliver Bids to: Bid/Tender Administration Office, Directorate :Supply Chain Management,Department of Tourism, Private Bag X 424, Pretoria 0001.

    OR Department of Tourism’s Head Office, Tourism House, Ground Floor (Tender Box), Trevenna Street, Sunnyside,Pretoria..

    Original Proposals must be submitted in a sealed envelope clearly marked “ REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FROM STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING FIRM FOR THE PROVISION OF STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING SERVICES FOR THE TOURISM EXPANDED PUBLIC WORKS PROJECT” (FS VREDEFORT DOME INTERPRETATION CENTRE).

    NDT0005/15 For technical information please contact:
    Mr. Jonga Kuhlane.
    Tel: (012) 444 6474.
    Fax: N/A Email: jkuhlane@tourism.gov.za.

    Hours: 07:30 – 15:30.

    For completion of bid documents please contact:
    Merriam Malapane OR Mogomotsi Mogodiri,
    Tel: 012 444 6230 or 012 444 6234,
    Fax: 012 444 7137,
    Email: mmalapane@tourism.gov.za or mmogodiri@tourism.gov.za,

    Hours: 07:30 – 15:30.

    NB: Failure to attend compulsory briefing session and complete and sign the attendance register your bid will not be considered and will be disqualified..

    Update from The Heritage Portal – 8 December 2014

  • It appears as though the visits conducted by senior members of the Department of Science and Technology and the Department of Tourism a month or so ago are having an impact. The matter has been mentioned at Ministerial level and plans to engage local authorities are being made. Insiders believe that matters are moving in the right direction after a number of frustrating years.

    The fact that South Africa is hosting the 2016 International Geological Congress remains a motivating factor for all parties.

    On a different front members of the Heritage Association of South Africa (HASA) met with officials from SAHRA recently. Although officials had little knowledge of the saga they committed to investigate and report back to the group.

  • Some background posted by The Heritage Portal in November 2014

    Brief background and current pressure

    Experts from Wits University developed exhibits for the Centre and were planning to install them in the new building. It soon came to light that the building was not structurally sound.

    The Department of Environmental Affairs has been pressuring the parties involved to find a solution so the Centre can be reopened. We assume the parties include local municipalities, contractors, the architect etc.

    Top officials from various government departments visited the site in early November 2014 and will be reporting their findings at a Ministerial level.

    As a result of Jayson Clark’s email officials have committed to sorting out the signage to inform visitors of the situation

    Wits experts continue to lobby at a high level for action to be taken

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