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First LHWP Phase 2 construction contracts awarded

Construction work on Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands WaterProject is set to start soon.

This follows the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) awarding the first construction contract on the project – the R235-million contract for the Polihali north-east access road – to the Sinohydro/Nthane Brothers joint venture (JV).

The contractor is expected to be on site by the start of November, which will mark the start of Phase 2’s six-year construction period. The JV comprises South African-registered Sinohydro and Lesotho-registered, Maseru-based Nthane Brothers. The JV will establish offices on site for the implementation of the project. Phase 2 of the LHWP comprises the construction of the Polihali dam and transfer tunnel, hydropower generation, social and environmental programmes.

The Polihali north-east access roadproject, expected to take 20 months, entails the upgrading of the existing 16-km-long gravel road to a Class A surfaced road. The road, which runs from Mapholaneng in north-eastern Lesotho and the Polihali dam site, will provide access to the dam site for construction vehicles and improve ease of movement for communities in the surrounding areas.

The road is one of the critical advance infrastructurecomponents of Phase 2, the majority of which must be completed prior to the construction of the main Phase 2 works. The LHDA has also awarded the contract for the design, supply and installation of the authority’s temporary site offices and accommodation units at Tlokoeng, Mokhotlong, to a firm that combines Basotho and South African companies, the Senqu Hi-Way Partnership.

Work on the contract has started and is expected to be complete by June 2019. The Tlokoeng site offices and accommodation contract is one of several advance infra-structure contracts, which include the feeder roads, resettlement housing, construction of Polihali Village and ancillary public service facilities, that are vital to the project and that present substantial opportunities for participation by emerging enterprises.

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Kenya: Chinese firms awarded US $7bn low-cost home project

The ministry of Housing and Urban Development in Kenya has awarded Chinese Wu Yi Company Limited, Sinohydro Corporation and China Roads and Bridges Corporation tender to build 1,500 low-cost homes on Nairobi’s Park Road.

According to the tender document published by the ministry, the developer is expected to build 400 units from the commencement date of the project. The developer will then be paid 20% upon completion of the 400 units and 40% upon project completion and another 40% after defect liability period.

Sinohydro Limited and China Road and Bridge Corporation have in the past have undertaken projects such as the SGR, Nairobi’s northern bypass and the Thika Super-Highway. This comes in effort to enhance public-private partnership (PPPs) as part of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s “Big Four” agenda that seeks to construct 500,000 low cost houses by 2022.

The Cabinet Secretary of Housing and Urban Development said the use of free public land and building of infrastructure such as power, roads, electricity and water have been catered for by the ministry.

Nairobi will be the first county to benefit from the project with a start of the 1,500 low-cost homes. The housing units will include 105 one-bedroom units, 540 two-bedroom units and 855 three-bedroom units on 7.9 acres of land bordering Park Road Primary School and the Muslim Academy.

To occupy the homes, home owners will be expected to pay at least US $6000 to US $30,000. The taxpayers are also expected to finance the cost of designing, and identifying cheaper building technology. Total cost of the 5-year project involving 800,000 units for sale and 200,000 social housing units in the slums amounts to US $23bn.

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KZN MEC unveils 25 planned projects to attract R200bn investment

KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Sihle Zikalala on Friday unveiled his portfolio of investment opportunities, which will result in R200-billion being pumped into the province’s economy over the next few years.

Addressing captains of industry during an investment seminar, Zikalala said KwaZulu-Natal had packaged a list of 25 projects worth more than R200-billion as part of the province’s contribution to the national $100-billion investment drive launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

“All these projects/development sites have been secured and are in the process of implementation, including the acquisition of funding and undertaking of feasibility studies,” Zikalala noted. He added that these projects would create 410 000 permanent jobs and 800 000 temporary jobs during the construction and development phases of the projects.

The sites cover a range of sectors from agro-processing, film and media productions, manufacturing, logistics, medical, property development and tourism.

KwaZulu-Natal will conduct yearly reviews of the projects to assess progress on implementation and on new developments coming on line, across municipalities including KwaDukuza, eThekwini, Mandeni, uMuziwabantu and uMhlathuze.

Zikalala further said the list of investment opportunities had been compiled at a time when there was growing enthusiasm from local and international companies to invest in the province – adding that KwaZulu-Natal’s two special economic zones had attracted billions of rands worth of investments that were destined to create hundreds of jobs.

“The Dube TradePort is starting with Phase 2, which will create more industrial space for investors as Phase 1 is already fully occupied. “Simultaneously, the Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone is playing a crucial role in attracting investment.” 

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Reconstruction of Clanwilliam Dam to create thousands of jobs

The construction of the Clanwilliam Dam in the Cederberg district in the Western Cape is envisaged to create more than 4,000 job opportunities, according to the department of water and sanitation.

In a statement on 12 October, the department said: “A new-look Clanwilliam Dam is envisaged to create 4,480 jobs initially. The engineers have extrapolated that the Clanwilliam Dam project would bring about 3,800 permanent jobs when completed and another further 680 temporary jobs during construction.”

On 8 October, water and sanitation minister Gugile Nkwinti and the Western Cape Premier Helen Zillelaunched the government project of raising the wall of the dam by 13 metres so it could harvest more water to cater for the people of the region.

The launch happened exactly five months after Nkwinti’s promise earlier this year to undertake the Clanwilliam Dam improvement project within five months. According to the department, the Clanwilliam Damproject has been delayed for a number of years, attracting negative publicity for the water and sanitation department.

The new water and sanitation minister had in March told a meeting of the national, provincial and local government leaders during a visit to the Clanwilliam Dam that he intended to introduce new policies and a new work regime in the department to ensure that department projects were undertaken on time to socially and economically benefit communities.

Water and Sanitationprojects that had been held back for years have now been reactivated and had been included in Nkwinti’s reprioritised list that he submitted to parliament during his budget policy speech,” added the department. 

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