QUESTION NO 1147
DATE REPLY SUBMITTED: TUESDAY, 06 JULY 2010
DATE OF PUBLICATION IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: MONDAY, 19 APRIL 2010 (INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: NO 10 – 2010)
Mr M Swart (DA) asked the Minister of Transport:
(1) What (a) are the names of (i) each company and (ii) the directors of each company that was used for the recent resurfacing of the runways at George airport, (b) was the tender price for the completion of the said work in each case and (c) was the final price paid in each case;
(2) whether the work was done in terms of the specifications laid down in the tender documents; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;
(3) (a) how many companies submitted tenders to do the resurfacing and (b) what was the tender quote price in each case;
(4) whether the SA Civil Aviation Authority approved the proposed action to be taken by the Airports Company of SA to apply slurry to the resurfaced runways to render the runways safe for landing in wet weather; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?
The Minister of Transport:
(1)(a) (i) and (i)
The consultants were a South African based consulting engineering and project management group, SSI, a DHV Group company. The Directors are N Bhojaram, C E Manning, A R Martin, B van Ee (Dutch), J T van Manen (Dutch) and I R Overakker (Dutch).
The main contractor was Roadmac Surfacing KZN (PTY) Ltd. The Directors are Mbali Swana, Collin Matjila, Les Maxwell, Koos Raubenheimer, Thabo Raubenheimer, Freddie Kenney, and Francois Diedrechsen.
(b) The tender price was R11,918,070.67.
(c) The final account was R10,667,294.37.
(2)The works were completed as laid down in the tender documents, except for a product change in terms of the fog spray. The rehabilitation works started on the taxiways and then progressed onto the runway surface. The product used on the taxiways (SP2000) was changed to fog spray using a 30% diluted emulsion on the runway. This change was done due to concerns about the friction characteristics of the original product.
(3)(a) and (b)
Four companies submitted tenders – details are reflected in the table below:
(4)The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has never before approved any technical specifications on any airport related work. They do annual audits to ensure that the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) airports comply with the various standards and then issue a licence to operate. These are highly specialized fields and it would be improbable for SACAA to have all relevant technical expertise and resources in-house.