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City approves long-term contract for new Contermanskloof reservoir

The Contermanskloof reservoir [Image source: REUTERS] The Contermanskloof reservoir [Image source: REUTERS]

The Blaauwberg Development Area (BDA) is one of the fastest growing development corridors in the country. However, the limited bulk water infrastructure in this area has been identified as a significant obstacle to future developments and as such the construction of the Contermanskloof reservoir must be timeously planned and implemented.

“Once constructed, this new reservoir will have a storage capacity of 100 mega litres (one mega litre is equal to one million litres). It will be supported by the necessary infrastructure such as reticulation pipelines that have already been commissioned to meet the future potable water demand of the greater Blaauwberg area. The cost of this project, which reflects the City’s focus on infrastructure-led growth and development, is approximately R100m – R10m for the design and R90m for the construction. It is also in line with the City’s five-year Integrated Development Plan that guides and informs the City’s budget priorities, decision making and allocation of resources,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Councillor Ernest Sonnenberg.

Importantly, bulk water infrastructure, such as reservoirs and pipelines, cannot be constructed overnight. Due to the nature and magnitude of this project the Council, as required by the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA), has approved the Water and Sanitation Department’s intent to award a long-term contract that will extend beyond three financial years (thus exceeding the relevant budget cycle).

The City will benefit through this long-term contract by appointing professional services without having to re-tender after the three-year budget cycle because the rates of the professional services are fixed for the duration of the contract. Furthermore it ensures continuity of the contractual and design responsibilities, obligations and liabilities of the preferred bidder.

The awarding of this tender was approved by the Supply Chain Management Bid Adjudication Committee subject to the completion of a Section 33 public participation process as the appointment period would exceed the current three-year budgetary cycle (2013/14 – 2015/16). Today’s approval by Council is the last step in achieving the compliance requirements of Section 33 of the MFMA.

The funding for this project has been provided for in the recently approved budget, as well as in the Water and Sanitation Department’s current ten-year budget plans.

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