Phase two of the N$523 million road between Okamatapati and Grootfontein will commence on the 20th of October, the CEO of the Roads Authority announced in Windhoek on today.
The actual construction of phase two will start towards the end of November, hence the start of mobilizing the site will be from the 20th of October 2014. The road to be constructed, traverses the Omaheke and Otjozondjupa regions, which are located in the eastern-central part of Namibia along the border with Botswana.
The road also forms part of the Southern African Regional Trunk Road linking Mozambique, South Africa and Botswana with Angola via Namibia. The actual construction of Section 2(from Grootfontein to Okamatapi) will start towards the end of November, hence the contractor will start mobilizing the site as from 20 October 2014.
The upgrading of the road includes, upgrading the road to bitumen standards, involving two 3.7m wide surfaced lanes, improvements to vertical and horizontal alignment, improvement f drainage facilities and upgrading of intersections. The project aims at to uplift local communities by providing employment opportunities to individuals and subcontractors.
About 300 people will be employed and only Namibian residents will be employed as unskilled labour and 20% of the unskilled labour shall be constitute female employees. The contract requires the contractor to subcontract a minimum of 15% of the total value of works to Namibian small scale contractors (SMEs) and the SMEs shall be solely and wholly owned by Namibian residents.
This project was fully funded by the Government to the amount of 523 million and the tender was awarded to CHICO Henan International Cooperation group (Pty) (Ltd), the same Contractor was awarded the tender for the construction of Phase 1. The consulting Engineer for this project is WEB Joint Venture and the Roads Authority is responsible for the overall management of this project .