PPADB rejects Serule road cost increase

Serule Tshimoyapula Road PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES
Serule Tshimoyapula Road PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES

The Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board has rejected the Ministry of Transport and Communications’ request for retroactive approval to increase the cost of a project.

The budget increase request was for a contract for the Procurement of Construction of Mabeleapudi-Tshimoyapula-Serule Road set to go up from P427,552,601.34 to P514,450,115.06. Construction of the road, undertaken by Unik Construction Engineering, started in October 2018 and was completed mid-2021. The road, which was part of the Economic Stimulus Package (ESP), was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic regulations and other factors, which led it to stretch beyond the initially stipulated period.

The contract period was initially 24 months' construction and 12 months' defect liability period. The contract works include construction of approximately 62.02km of road to bitumen standard and associated drainage structures; construction of a 60m long three-span bridge, including ancillary works such as erosion protection and river training across Mabeleapudi River on the Mabeleapudi-Tshimoyapula section of the road; construction of approximately 6.1km of access roads to both Tshimoyapula Kgotla and Serule Kgotla.

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