Upgrades to be carried out on Kirstenbosch NBG

28 October 2014

SANBI administrative offices in Cape Town

SANBI’s Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden campus is set to undergo refurbishments over the next 2–3 year period. The majority of the upgrades, which will be conducted using a staggered approach, will take place on the periphery of the garden area. 

Apart from the inconvenience caused through the upgrade of the upper visitors’ parking area and education centre during the construction period, it is hoped that the inconvenience caused to visitors will be minimised as far as possible. 

The upgrade includes the refurbishment of office buildings, the construction of a new administration building housing SANBI admin, finance, HR, IT personnel and a significant upgrade of the upper visitors’ parking area, SANBI staff and guest houses on the estate, and the repair of the roof at the Goldfields Environmental Education Centre. The replacement of the Garden’s irrigation dam lining that provides irrigation water to the Garden, especially during the dry summer months, will also be part of this process. 

Investment in excess of R70 m 

Some offices comprise temporary structures and new permanent structures will replace these temporary structures. New research equipment will also be procured for SANBI researchers. Infrastructural upgrades will include new IT and biodiversity information systems that will enable SANBI to deliver on its broad biodiversity mandate. 

The total infrastructure investment into the Kirstenbosch NBG campus over the next 3 years is estimated to be in excess of R70 m. Funds have been provided for these upgrades by National Treasury via the national Department of Environmental Affairs, the national Department that SANBI reports to. The upgrades are being done by SANBI, with the support of Aurecon as its infrastructure programme implementer. 

SANBI does apologise in advance for any inconveniences that may be caused to its loyal patrons and visitors. SANBI is committed to ensuring that Kirstenbosch NBG remains one of the top botanical gardens in the world. Regular upgrades to infrastructure and buildings are inevitably required, however, in order to maintain and look after our precious 101-year old world class nature-based tourist destination.


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