Port Con­trol up­grade moves for­ward

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Dave Sa­vides

WHILE ren­o­va­tion of the Port con­trol tower is still on track for June next year, lo­cal tourism will be with­out ac­cess to the iconic view point over­look­ing Alka­ntstrand for the fifth con­sec­u­tive sum­mer.

Transnet Na­tional Ports Author­ity at the Port of

Richards Bay con­firmed on Fri­day that con­struc­tion on the up­grade project com­menced in May as pre­vi­ously in­di­cated and progress on site is at 16 per­cent.

This cov­ers only in­ter­nal works af­ter the in­te­rior of the build­ing had pre­vi­ously been stripped for the re­vamp.

Sub­se­quent ex­ter­nal works will com­mence shortly once the prin­ci­pal con­trac­tor has con­cluded its pro­cure­ment process to ap­point a scaf­fold­ing sub­con­trac­tor by the end of this month.

The up­grade has been plagued by con­trac­tual dis­putes and time de­lays, which have seen a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in the orig­i­nal R26-mil­lion project cost.

The con­struc­tion of what was orig­i­nally deemed a 12-month project also ne­ces­si­tated re­lo­cat­ing Port Con­trol staff to the Small Craft Har­bour.

Work in progress - re­vamp­ing of the in­te­rior of the Port Con­trol Tower over­look­ing Alka­ntstrand and the har­bour is in progress, but owing to con­struc­tion the view point (cir­cled) is still out of bounds

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