Nthane Brothers, Sinohydro win tender

Nthane Brothers, Sinohydro win tender

MASERU – THE Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has awarded Nthane Brothers and Sinohydro SA Joint Venture the first construction contract for the Polihali North-East Access Road (PNEAR). This was said by the Minister of Water Samonyane Ntsekele at a press conference in Maseru yesterday.
Ntsekele said this shows that the construction works of Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) are underway.
“The contract is valued at approximately M235 million,” he said.

Ntsekele said the contractor is expected to be on site by November, marking the start of the Phase 2’s six-year construction period.
He said the construction is expected to take 20 months.
He said the expectations of Lesotho and South Africa is that black people take part in the construction.

Ntsekele said Nthane Brothers have 60 percent while Sinohydro have 40 percent in this joint venture.
“If quality work is not produced the contractors would be kicked out,” he said.

Ntsekele said the PNEAR project entails the upgrading of the existing approximately 16 km-long, gravel road to a class A surfaced road.
He said the road which runs from Mapholaneng to the Polihali dam site would provide access to the dam site for construction vehicles and improve ease of movement for communities in the surrounding areas.

Ntsekele said Phase 2 of the LHWP comprises the construction of the Polihali Dam and transfer tunnel, hydropower generation, social and environmental programmes. The minister said in line with the tendering strategy to achieve the policy objectives of Phase 2 Agreement, construction works for advance infrastructure including access to the road is restricted to contractors registered in Lesotho or South Africa.

Ntsekele said to foster capacity building and economic growth, the governments have also made provisions in the policy for sharing of the value of all infrastructure works on an equal monetary basis between consultants and contractors registered in Lesotho and in South Africa.

Makhotso Rakotsoane

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