Alright, i have now found some articles which progressively begin to answer some of my initial suspicions. The cost to build the Joburg to Soweto link is actually going to be R173 million and its going to be built along the dual carriageways in the middle (a factor that must have simplified the EIA process).kulani; said:i have to say that i have my doubts about the numbers the guys are talking about here like 1.5 million people a day. I hope that was a mistake and was meant to be 1.5 million per month or even per year!!! That's like moving the whole of Soweto and still having to ask the Alexandra guys to come and join!!
Perhaps the MEC was doing some sales pitching to excite people about the project. Also the R12 billion price tag sounds like a lot of cash, perhaps an extension to Gautrain could be financed with this sort of cash. Or is the MEC again talking about the total expected capital outlay projected once they have rolled it in Ekurhuleni and Pretoria. Any thoughts?
Its possible that they may simply be an SPV (special purpose vehicle) with an ambition to enter the public transport sector and the financial muscle to invest in this project. For me the most important thing is that they have the financial muscle to do this as well as experienced partners and/or sub-contractors. Anyone with enough money can put together the required experience to make this happen. They may very well have been relying on subcontractors and consultants for the EIA, economic and technical feasibility studies. I guess time will tell. I am watching them though.Umhlanga; said:Looks cool, but this firm have never built one. (In fact, as I wrote above, they give no information as to what exactly they've built - anywhere in the world.)