Mmegi Online :: Contractor liable for bridge collapse
Banners
Banners
Banners
Banners
Banners
Last Updated
Friday 28 April 2017, 14:58 pm.
Banners
Contractor liable for bridge collapse

Though investigations are still ongoing on the collapse of the two bridges in Moshupa between Christmas day and January 3, 2017, Mmegi investigations show that the contractor could be liable for repair of bridges and compensation of those involved in accidents.
By Innocent Selatlhwa Tue 10 Jan 2017, 15:55 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Contractor liable for bridge collapse








Southern District Council (SDC) chairman Alec Seametso however said they are still awaiting investigations report before moving forward.

According to a statement from the Roads Department after the initial incident, the collapse was a result of a failed culvert structure which gave-in from water pressure at a site of construction activity along the road, which by-passes Moshupa.

Sources suggest that the contractor removed concrete preventing erosion for purposes of expanding the road and were caught off guard by the rain on both occasions.

The collapsed bridges are part of infrastructure development projects on which government plans to spend P10 billion over a 10-year period.

The then Minister of Transport and Communications, Tshenolo Mabeo in 2015 told the SDC that the project entails the construction of a 335km road from the Mmankgodi junction through to Jwaneng, which covers at least seven access roads.

The government has partnered with the World Bank on the project, which started on May 2014 and is expected to be completed in May 2024.

Mabeo said the stipulated period is for increase of efficiency and effectiveness of road operation and to avoid premature deterioration of roads as the said contractor will take responsibility for maintenance of the road for that period.

“The contractor has a duty of designing, construction and maintenance and that if there is any shortcoming, he would take charge of the situation,” he said.

“The first package will entail civil works with a budget of more than P1 billion awarded to Elsimax-INT JVCA. The company is a joint venture between

Banners

Elsamex from Spain and IF&LS Transportation Network Limited from India,” he stated.

Mabeo also revealed that the second package, which has a budget of more than P900 million, has also been awarded to the same company. “A detailed design for the improvement work and rehabilitation has been prepared by the contractor and are under review by the Department of Roads and monitoring consultants,” he said.

“The construction of the roads lie with the central government, all we do is ensure that the roads are safe, the project to expand the roads by Elsimax Construction is believed to have caused the collapses, however we are still awaiting a full report on exactly what happened from our roads department,” Seametso said.

He said at the moment he could not say how they are going to assist those whose cars ended up in accidents until the investigations are done. He said they will follow the law on what is to happen after the investigations.

Seametso said they have since assessed all the bridges in and around the area where works are being made and assured that the situation has normalised. “Most bridges in the village had water go above them. We have inspected and are certain that there wont be a repeat incident unless of course nature has other plans,” he said.

Seametso said the current rains in the district have not caused much destruction save for the Moshupa bridges. He said the Disaster Management Committee is assisting those affected with food and tents.

 

Banners
Banners
Banners


News
Tue 10 Jan 2017, 15:55 pm
Sun 25 Dec 2016, 13:49 pm
Fri 23 Dec 2016, 12:40 pm
Fri 23 Dec 2016, 12:36 pm
Fri 23 Dec 2016, 12:31 pm
Thu 22 Dec 2016, 18:00 pm
Thu 22 Dec 2016, 16:28 pm
Thu 22 Dec 2016, 15:00 pm
Thu 22 Dec 2016, 14:50 pm
Thu 22 Dec 2016, 14:43 pm
Thu 22 Dec 2016, 14:34 pm
Thu 22 Dec 2016, 14:34 pm
Thu 22 Dec 2016, 14:24 pm
Thu 22 Dec 2016, 14:04 pm
Wed 21 Dec 2016, 23:24 pm
Wed 21 Dec 2016, 23:23 pm
Wed 21 Dec 2016, 23:06 pm
Wed 21 Dec 2016, 23:05 pm
Wed 21 Dec 2016, 22:57 pm
Wed 21 Dec 2016, 10:07 am
Wed 21 Dec 2016, 10:05 am
Wed 21 Dec 2016, 10:05 am
Wed 21 Dec 2016, 10:03 am
Tue 20 Dec 2016, 18:00 pm
Tue 20 Dec 2016, 16:06 pm
Banners
Banners
Exchange Rates
FOREIGN EXCHANGE: Friday, 28 Apr 2017
FOREIGN / PULA
PULA / FOREIGN
1 USD = Pula   10.4275
1 GBP = Pula   13.4590
1 EUR = Pula   11.3379
1 YEN = Pula   0.0938
1 ZAR = Pula   0.7827
1 Pula = USD   0.0959
1 Pula = GBP   0.0743
1 Pula = EUR   0.0882
1 Pula = YEN   10.66
1 Pula = ZAR   1.2776
have a story? Send us a Tip
Banners
  • Previous
    Going in Style
    Next
    Masa Centre
    ::: Wednesday 26 Apr - Thursday 04 May :::
    Going in Style
    The Fate of the Furious
    Beauty and the Beast
    The Boss Baby
  • Previous
    Sleepless
    Next
    Riverwalk
    ::: Wednesday 26 Apr - Thursday 04 May :::
    Sleepless
    Going in Style
    The Fate of the Furious
    The Boss Baby
  • Previous
    Going in Style
    Next
    Gamecity
    ::: Wednesday 26 Apr - Thursday 04 May :::
    Going in Style
    Sleepless
    The Fate of the Furious
    Beauty and the Beast
    The Boss Baby
Selefu
BOPEU, BOFEPUSU
Banners
Banners