Commuters have long since passed through anger and come out the other side at apathy when it comes to the roadworks.
SANRAL’s Ridhwaan Mahomed said they were currently busy with a new tender process.
“The feedback received from the National Treasury is that we have to re-tender and cannot appoint the tenderer with the second highest points, which was SANRAL’s initial recommendation as an attempt to expedite the process,” he said.
“We have to re-tender the entire contract and hopefully we will have a new contractor on site by September.”
Work at the site began in February 2016 and was slated to be finished early in 2017.
Since then the completion date has been pushed back time and again as the site stands empty.
Mahomed did not answer questions regarding when they now expect work to be completed, nor did he say whether all the work done so far will have to be redone after standing idle in all weather conditions.
SANRAL, however, has nothing new to say about this matter – merely referring the Courier back to statements made last year.
Mahomed said the agency’s primary purpose is to provide a safe and efficient national road network.
“In order for us to ensure that a reliable and resilient road has been constructed, quality control is of utmost importance. SANRAL has to ensure that all construction activities are in compliance with the specifications as set out in the contract to ensure that construction is undertaken to the highest standards.”
The owner of Ballito Crushers, one of the suppliers, Clive Damant said they had delivered exactly what was asked for.
“The contractor and SANRAL asked for G5 grade material for the sub base of the road,” he said.
Materials are graded from the highest grade, G1, downwards as quality dictates.
“If they wanted G1 grade material they should have said so, we can make anything required.”
The original contractor, Nyoni Projects, has since been put into liquidation – this in contradiction to Mahomed’s denials in September 2017 that cash flow for the contractor had stalled work.
The original value of the contract was R57.4 million and as 27% of the work had been completed, about R15,5 million has been paid out.
Meanwhile, to the south, motorists have become concerned that the lights along the highway near the Tongaat toll plaza are not working.
Zandile Nene, SANRAL’s Eastern Region project manager, said beween October 2017 and February 2018, lighting infrastructure was repeatedly vandalised and the transformer cores stolen.
“On the recommendation of the engineer, the remainder of the lights at the Umdloti interchange were switched off to prevent any public incidences that may occur as a result of the electrical system now being compromised.
“Repairs to the lighting infrastructure can only be effected sometime next year as a tender will need to go out for a maintenance contract.
“Deterrent measures to protect kiosks, street lights, cables and transformers are being investigated and are in the final stages. These will include early warning systems to alert about any interference to the infrastructure to ensure response on time before damages occur.”
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