R14,9m civils contract awarded for near-Kruger property development

27th March 2009 By: Dennis Ndaba

Civil engineering contractor Odoko, of Gauteng, has been awarded a R14,9-million contract for the construction of internal civil engineering services for the 4 000-ha Mjejane Game Reserve and River Lodge on the border of the Kruger National Park.

Private developer Lugedlane Developments, a joint venture with majority shareholders Mjejane Trust and Hanrob, is developing luxury housing, a hotel and lodge on a game reserve located along the Crocodile river, in Hectorspruit, Mpumalanga.

Construction began in February this year and will be completed in May.

“We are proud to be associated with Odoko in this development. It is assuring to know that we are working with a contractor that has the ability to work at a rapid pace and also accommodate the many changes and the diversity of this development,” says Lugedlane Developments director Hennie Joubert.

Launched three years ago, Odoko provides turnkey solutions to the building and construction industry for the commercial, industrial and residential sectors.

Odoko director Akbar Hassim says that the contract is unique and challenging because there are many external factors that the company needs to proactively manage and consider.

These include employee safety and development as well as the environmental protection of the local fauna and flora.

“Our employees have got to adhere to a strict environmental management plan and health and safety regulations.

From civils and earthworks right through to road construction, a key to ensure continuity for this project was activating a consummate and well-equipped on-site service team for fleet maintenance and repair,” adds Hassim.

Through this reclamation project, Odoko will be a vehicle for job creation and skills transfer that will, in the long term, develop skills and careers. Odoko will create an expected 200 jobs through phase one of the development.

The company says that the project has opened the opportunity for services for low-cost housing development for the community as well as various other opportunities within the Mpumalanga province.