Service provider for revolving restaurant still in pipeline

The revolving restaurant located at the Fidel Castro Building in Bloemfontein.

The Department of Public Works in the Free State is busy with applications of service providers who will lease the revolving restaurant located at the Fidel Castro Building in Bloemfontein.
According to departmental spokesperson, Bandile Ntombela, the tender for the revolving restaurant was re-advertised and the closing date for applications was 19 February this year. This follows the department stating that tendering for the restaurant closed in April last year. The department at the time requested interesting parties to submit bid proposals (RFPs) of the lease for a period of five years and expected the restaurant to start generating revenue when a suitably qualified service provider was appointed to manage the restaurant.
Ntombela said the qualifying service provider will be appointed after the normal procurement process of evaluation has been completed. He further explained that the contract period will be determined at that point.
The Fidel Castro Building is the tallest in Bloemfontein, also known as ‘The Pride of the Free State’. The building accommodates provincial government departments and the iconic eatery that is located on the 26th floor. The restaurant closed its doors in the nineties and a cellular phone company hired the space for a while. Afterwards it fell to ruin with people vandalising it and homeless people allegedly living there.
The restaurant has, however, in the last two years been restored to its former glory with new wooden floors, ceilings, lights and funky wall-paper. The facility comprises a cafeteria, bar and restaurant. The total budget of the renovating project was R5.6 million.
The provincial government has been planning to revive the restaurant but have been struggling to find a suitable service provider. – Refilwe Gaeswe