JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) announced on Thursday the awarding of the R1.65 billion tender for the second of two mega-bridges as part of the N2 Wild Coast project.
This comes after Sanral announced in July 2017 that the tender award had to be re-advertised as it received no fully responsive tenders for the initial bid. The tender was re-advertised on 3 November 2017 and closed the new bid on 11 April 2018. The long period was required due to the size and complexity of the tender.
Sanral said the 580-metre bridge will be built near Lusikisiki over the Msikaba gorge. The construction is due to start in February 2019 for 33 months after an initial three-month ramp-up period starting in October this year. The total contract amount is approximately R1.65 billion excluding VAT.
The nearby Mtentu river bridge started construction in January this year and both form part of the future new N2 Wild Coast Road
Sanral said the successful bidder was Concor Mota-Engil Joint Venture, a strategic partnership between Concor (a large and majority black-owned South African civil engineering company) and Mota-Engil, a major international construction firm.