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^^SANRAL says Mtentu bridge contractor abandoned N2 Wild Coast Road project site

The SA National Roads Agency (SANRAL) confirmed on Tuesday that the contractor of one of its mega bridges as part of the N2 Wild Coast (N2WC) road project, ASJV, has abandoned the construction site, citing unsafe working conditions as the reason.

SANRAL says it strongly rejects this assertion, as the South African government both at national and provincial levels has done all that was necessary to ensure that it was safe for the contractor to return to site.


Consequently, SANRAL is now following due process as per FIDIC contract requirements (the agency’s standard international contract used for consulting engineering and construction purposes) and has as of Tuesday issued a notice of termination to the contractor for abandoning the site.

“Work on the project was suspended on 22 October 2018 due to community protests. The N2 Wild Coast Road Political Oversight Committee, (POC) chaired by Eastern Cape Transport, Safety and Liaison MEC Weziwe Tikana, led negotiations with all affected stakeholders to find a solution to the problem and ensure resumption of the project.

"After protracted negotiations with the community, the petitioners and other local stakeholders, a resolution was reached on 09 January 2019 on all of the key issues.

“A process to resolve all of the remaining issues was agreed. A process was also agreed to address any future issues without stopping work and it was resolved that progress on the bridge construction could resume unhindered from Monday, 14 January 2019,” said SANRAL’s spokesperson Vusi Mona.

SANRAL has engaged contractor to return to Mtentu bridge site

Mona said that SANRAL has been engaging with the contractor to return to site to resume work since the beginning of 2019.

"The contractor is not being transparent about its true reasons for abandoning site, but SANRAL suspects that the publicly known financial challenges of Aveng may have contributed to the decision," he added.

"SANRAL will do everything in its power to protect its interest in relation to the termination and will engage National Treasury to determine the quickest way to restore works on site to achieve the socio-economic objectives of this important project."

Mona said that SANRAL will also pursue investigations relating to the conduct of the contractor based on the allegations made by the community in their petition that has since been reviewed with the community and further actions agreed.

"SANRAL regrets the delays and costs that will result from this abandonment of the project by the contractor."
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problem is not sure there are SA contractors who can do this on there own , in fact i now there aren't so its gonna be a JV to get it and the other one built . Maybe Moto-Engil as they are starting to do more in country
 

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FFS!! - is this local Transkei mafia extorting and making bullying and harassing attempts at an international consortium?
- No army or police mobilisation to stabilise things?
- This is a big deal - we cant even keep our own citizens cool headed or vaguely resistant to mob mentality, let alone educate affected populations as to any big picture scenarios when it comes to infrastructure like bridges, trains, busses etc. WTF!
 

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Work resumes on N2 Msikaba bridge project





Construction has started on the foundations for the Msikaba bridge being constructed by Concor Infrastructure, in joint venture (JV) with Mota-Engil Construction South Africa (MECSA).

The R1.65-billion contract is poised to deliver the longest cable-stayed bridge in Africa.

The bridge will be built near Lusikisiki, in the Eastern Cape, over the Msikaba gorge. The project forms part of the South African National Roads Agency’s N2 Wild Coast project.

Work on the Msikaba bridge was suspended following the declaration of the National State of Disaster owing the Covid-19 pandemic, but has now been resumed.

Concor reports that “significant work” has already been done on the establishment infrastructure to support the construction works.

Work on the approach roads and the pylon foundations and anchor blocks for the bridge are currently under construction.

When completed, the Msikaba bridge will also be the second longest main-span bridge crossing ever built on the continent, with a tower-to-tower distance of 580 m. Its two pylons will be 127 m high.

With a bridge deck at 194 m above the valley floor, the structure will be the third highest bridge in Africa, eclipsed only by the existing Bloukrans bridge with a height of 216 m and the Mtentu bridge, also part of the N2 project, which, when completed, will be 223 m high.

 
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