Today, on World Facilities Management Day, we recognize the professionals who work tirelessly to maintain the health, safety, and productivity of an organization’s facilities. In Cape Town, the ongoing energy crisis has presented numerous challenges for the City’s Facilities Management Department. However, the department has implemented various strategies to ensure the continuity of services for both staff and the public.
Generators and Inverters Installation
The Facilities Management Department has installed generators in five municipal buildings in recent months, including Hillstar, Ottery, Rochester Road Metro Police, Pinelands, and Wesfleur. The City aims to further equip eight more facilities with generators by the end of June 2023. This initiative ensures that there is an uninterrupted power supply during load-shedding events or other power outages, allowing staff to continue working and providing essential services to the public.
Additionally, the City has initiated an inverter and PV Solar installation program. Several traffic and municipal department buildings will receive inverters to power up key operations related to public interfaces and revenue collection. The City plans to install nine more inverters and PV solar systems by the end of June 2023. These installations will not only provide backup power but also contribute to the City’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and transition to renewable energy sources.
Portable Power Stations
The City is also exploring the supply of Portable Power Stations ranging from 600W to 3600W. These portable power stations will be used for backup power at the office, remote working, or temporary hot desks. Staff can continue their work without interruptions, even during power outages or when working remotely.
Investment in smart technologies enables facility managers to monitor generators remotely. The City is constantly seeking ways to mitigate load-shedding risks through the use of generators, inverters, and portable power stations that are trackable, controllable, and remotely monitored. This helps the Facilities Management Department to proactively address any issues or malfunctions, ensuring that power systems are functioning optimally when needed.
Repurposing Empty Spaces
As a short-term solution, the City has repurposed empty spaces in key locations across Cape Town, providing staff working remotely with workspaces during extended periods of load-shedding. These spaces allow staff to continue their work without interruptions and help maintain essential services for the public.
Acknowledgment of Efforts
Alderman Theresa Uys, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, recently applauded the Facilities Management Department for their successful implementation of generators and inverters across various City facilities. “We find ourselves in the midst of very challenging times with the energy crisis, but as an organization, we have continued in our efforts to provide productive working environments to serve staff and residents throughout our operational hours,” she stated.
Alderman Uys emphasized the importance of these efforts to maintain service delivery during challenging times. The City of Cape Town’s Facilities Management Department’s commitment to ensuring the continuity of services for its residents is an essential part of building resilience amid the energy crisis. On World Facilities Management Day, let’s recognize the hard work and dedication of these professionals in keeping our facilities running smoothly and efficiently.