Sep 14, 2007
Construction takes off at new Durban airport, despite legal challengeBack
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Questions had been raised over whether a court application by the Indiza consortium, led by Grinaker-LTA, which is challenging the tender procedures in the awarding of the R6,8-billion contract to a consortium led by rival Group Five, could delay the project.
Radebe told Engineering News Online that, as far as government was concerned, the contract was fairly awarded to the Illembe consortium, and that the project would be completed in time for the FIFA World Cup, which will take place in South Africa in 2010.
In December, the Ilembe consortium, led by Group Five and Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon, was named as the preferred bidder to build the King Shaka Airport, which will replace the existing Durban International Airport.
QUICK OFF THE MARK
Construction of the facility began on August 24, immediately after Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Martinus van Schalkwyk issued a record of decision approving the project, on August 23.
The first step of the project will include the aeronautical footprint, the King Shaka International Airport, which will include a four-million-passenger-a-year terminal, runway, air-traffic control tower, fuel farm and related infrastructure.
Radebe said that the port would serve as a catalyst for economic growth and job creation in the region, as it would enable local exporters to effectively tap into global markets.
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