SANRAL Awards Contracts To Restart Crucial Road Projects In South Africa
South African National Roads Agency Limited re-awards four of five contracts cancelled in June 2022.
The South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) has re-awarded four of the five contracts cancelled in June 2022 following an evaluation by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).
The projects are:
- The R3.4 million Mtentu Bridge project on the N2 Wild Coast Road, which was awarded to the CCCC Mecsa joint venture.
- The R1 billion rehabilitation of the R56 Matatiele rehabilitation project in the Eastern Cape, which was awarded to Down Touch Investments.
- The R 1.8 billion N3 Ashburton Interchange in KwaZulu-Natal, which was awarded to Base Major / CSCEC JV.
- The EB Cloete interchange improvements project, which was awarded to Base Major / CSCEC JV.
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“We wish to express our sincere thanks to the DBSA for undertaking the evaluation and adjudication of the tenders and, indeed, for the speedy manner in which the process was resolved. We are also deeply grateful to the industry for their patience in re-submitting tenders for these contracts and waiting for the adjudication process to be concluded,” said Themba Mhambi, Sanral Board Chairperson.
The cancellation of the contracts created concerns at the time because of the impact it would have on the country’s infrastructure development agenda. Management of SANRAL was instructed by the board to re-advertise and award the R17.47 billion in contracts cancelled in May within four months.
“We undertook to both President Cyril Ramaphosa and Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula that we would do everything possible to ensure we mitigate the impact on the construction industry and the economy. And that meant re-advertising, evaluating, and awarding the tenders within four months after they were cancelled. We learnt valuable lessons about how to handle tenders with speed to keep the country’s economic development on the boil,” Mhambi said.
SANRAL plans to continue prioritizing infrastructure development in driving South Africa’s economic recovery. Although responsible for delaying the implementation of critical infrastructure upgrades, this process would help balance healthy governance and the need to ensure compliance with relevant procurement and legal prescripts when the tenders were awarded.
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