11 April 2019

The progress towards the rehabilitation and upgrading of MR 16 (Lukhula-Big Bend road) and MR7A (Lonhlupheko-Siteki road) is well on schedule, something that has pleased the Minister.

The Minister was touring the site to gather first-hand information on the project. In his short remarks, the Minister stated that he was doing a short yet important site visit to see the project and made mention of that what he had seen, considering the short space of time since inception of the project, was quite impressive.

“I may not be an engineer or see this at an engineering perspective, but what I see and from what I’ve been told, this is perfect,” he said.

The progress, according to Project Consultant Gcina Mohammed, is currently at 30% and is well in schedule to be completed in time.

Emmanuel Nsanzubuhor, the Acting Contract Manager stated that 153 resident locals had benefited through the project by means of employment and only 15 were expatriate.

Project expected to stay within cost

The contractor has assured the Minister that the project is expected to stay within cost and the allocated budget. “We are trying all to keep the project within cost and time. At the moment, we are not expecting any shortfalls that may result in variations leading to cost escalations,” Mohammed stated.

The Principal Secretary in the ministry, Makhosini Mndawe, assured the Minister that the project would definitely stay within cost.

This project is a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) between the Government of Eswatini represented by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport and WBHO/AG Thomas Joint venture and the project is a 2-year contract which began on 26 November 2018 and is expected to finish on the 26th of November 2020.

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