R27 million contract awarded to fix flood damage at AFB Hoedspruit


Belta Services CC has been awarded a R27 299 215 contract for repairs to damaged facilities caused by floods at Air Force Base Hoedspruit.

The company was awarded the tender (PLK16/28) on 12 May 2017, according to the Government Tender Bulletin.

It was first advertised in tender bulletin 2916 on 13 May 2016, with a closing date of 7 June. The tender was re-issued on 2 September last year, with a closing date of 27 September, and finally awarded on 12 May this year by the Limpopo Department of Public Works.

Hoedspruit has been affected by various floods over the last five years, with the most serious occurring in January 2012, when the area experienced the worst floods in recorded history – over 300 mm of rain fell over 18 hours, with hundreds of households affected. Several rivers burst their banks and briefly cut Hoedspruit off by road. An access road to AFB Hoedspruit was amongst those damaged.

Belta Services CC was established in May 2005 in Makhado as a construction and contracting company. It has been awarded other contracts for the South African National Defence Force – for example in October 2015 it was awarded a R2.9 million contract to upgrade the kitchen equipment of 523 Signal Squadron in Makhado.

AFB Hoedspruit is located some 14 kilometres from the town of Hoedspruit and was opened on 1 July 1978. Formerly known as Fighter Town due to the Mirage F1 and Mirage IIIs that were based there, it now only hosts A109 and Oryx helicopters. It is home to 101 Squadron, 19 Squadron, 514 Squadron, 7 Air Servicing Unit, Air Force Command and Control School, Air Force Gymnasium, and the Lowveld Airspace Control Sector. Located along with the Air Force Base is a civilian airport.