Sanral pushes on with Wild Coast upgrades
The roads agency awards R3.1bn in tenders for two megabridges in the Eastern Cape
The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) is to award R3.1bn in tenders for two megabridges in the Eastern Cape in the next two months. The agency has also reached an agreement with the Treasury on a hybrid funding model for 410km in upgrades and construction of the N2 Wild Coast road. Critics of the multibillion-rand project said on Tuesday that they were considering interdicting the construction of the bridges on environmental grounds. The critics also cited socioeconomic concerns and said that alternatives had not been fully considered. The bridges are two of seven bridges within the greenfields section of the road, one crossing the Mtentu River, just outside Xolobeni, and the other crossing the Msikaba River, near Lusikisiki. The 112km section of new road would link Ndwalane outside Port St Johns and Mzamba on the border with KwaZulu-Natal and would be partially funded via the fiscus and partially through tolls, Sanral said on Tuesday. Chairwoman of Sustaining the Wild Co...