Con­struc­tion on In­ner City in­ter­modal trans­port fa­cil­ity de­layed

Inner City Gazette - - News - By Staff Re­porter news@in­ner-city-gazette.co.za

The City of Jo­han­nes­burg is a ma­jor sub-Sa­ha­ran trans­port hub with hun­dreds of thou­sands of vis­i­tors, work­ers and res­i­dents trav­el­ling be­tween the city and des­ti­na­tions across South and South­ern Africa. To guar­an­tee that they can travel safely and with dig­nity, the City has been con­struct­ing a long dis­tance and cross bor­der bus and mini bus taxi trans­port in­ter­change along­side Park Sta­tion in the In­ner City.

To be named the Jo­han­nes­burg In­ter­na­tional Trans­port In­ter­change (JITI) when com­pleted, it will have fa­cil­i­ties for 20 buses and over 150 taxis to rank at any one time as well as hold­ing fa­cil­i­ties for over 600 taxis. There will also be re­tail fa­cil­i­ties, wait­ing spa­ces and ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties. The project was be­ing im­ple­mented for the Depart­ment of Trans­port by the Jo­han­nes­burg De­vel­op­ment Agency (JDA), the De­vel­op­ment Agency of the City of Jo­han­nes­burg. The project, on which con­struc­tion started in July 2016, was due to be com­pleted within the next cou­ple of months. How­ever, con­struc­tion has been de­layed due to the fact that the lead­ing Joint Ven­ture part­ner of the main con­trac­tor on the project, Basil Read, filed for busi­ness res­cue in June 2018. This was af­ter a num­ber of de­lays and chal­lenges that the JDA had been fac­ing with the con­struc­tion con­sor­tium which lead to the con­trac­tor fail­ing to reach prac­ti­cal com­ple­tion in March 2018.

As a re­sult the JDA had no op­tion but to ter­mi­nate the con­tract with the Joint Ven­ture Con­sor­tium, as the Joint Ven­ture could not pro­vide the nec­es­sary con­struc­tion guar­an­tee as re­quired and they did not have the fi­nan­cial ca­pac­ity to com­plete the works says Christo Botes, CEO of the JDA.

The JDA is now pro­ceed­ing with a new pro­cure­ment process to source a new con­trac­tor. This will lead to at con­sid­er­able delay and com­ple­tion is now tar­geted for Septem­ber 2019.

“We apol­o­gise, es­pe­cially to our long dis­tance and cross bor­der vis­i­tors, for this delay but prom­ise that when com­plete, JITI will change your ex­pe­ri­ence of long dis­tance travel” said the Mem­ber of the May­oral Com­mit­tee for Trans­port, Cllr. Nohlanhla Makhuba.

De­tailed traf­fic and pedes­trian man­age­ment plans can be down­loaded on www.jda.org.za, up­dates can be found on Face­book (Jo­han­nes­burg De­vel­op­ment Agency).

While the process for the pro­cure­ment of a new con­trac­tor con­tin­ues, the JDA has made sure that the site will be well se­cured.

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