Redevelopment of Bloemfontein’s historic Hoffman Square in the central business district has already started, the Mangaung metro said on Wednesday.
“The R38 million redevelopment project of the square is expected to take eight months,” spokesman Qondile Khedama said.
Earlier, mayor Thabo Manyoni said the project was part of the metro’s plans to make Mangaung’s streets and open areas green and pedestrian friendly.
The Hoffman Square upgrade included greening the square and adjacent Floreat Avenue, paving streets surrounding the square, and new paving between the facades of the central post office and SA Reserve Bank buildings.
Palm trees and indigenous trees would be planted, the monument on the square would be restored, and new bus shelters would be built. The huge monument was erected to commemorate soldiers from Bloemfontein who were killed during the First and Second World Wars. The monument is the only feature remaining of the old square after the area was changed in the 1970s.
Some safety and security features on the square would also be revamped.
Manyoni said the city wanted it to become an attractive and healthy environment to serve as a basis for sustainable economic development in the area. -Sapa