The appointed contractor for Port Alfred’s current reverse osmosis plant shall be forking out as mighty as R12,800 a day in penalties for delays, but has been let off the hook by Ndlambe Municipality.
The municipality presented the appointment of a contractor, Quality Filtration Methods (QFS), in a narrate on November 25, and said “work will open on the set up of the plant as quickly as imaginable. It’s miles anticipated that the plant shall be in production by stop January 2020 [they meant 2021].”
However, in the final elephantine council meeting of 2020 on December 10, the date for completion of the plant was once pushed to the stop of February 2021, one thing which escaped most folk’s gape.
Then, in an update from the municipality on February 3, they said there had been a delay in the contractor getting the indispensable work enable.
“The contractor got the enable on January 29 fairly than January 9, hence the contractor only started on location recently, nonetheless it must be eminent that the contractor had commenced in December to work at the manufacturing plant in Cape Town,” municipal manager Rolly Dumezweni said in the narrate.
Dumezweni said the first consignment of gear and presents would arrive in Port Alfred by mid-February.
“Contractually the completion date of the 2ML/day plant has now moved to origin April attributable to the delays mentioned above. The contractor is working onerous to guarantee that this contract completion time is reduced the build imaginable.”
Dumezweni said the first consignment of gear and presents would arrive in Port Alfred by mid-February. When TotT visited the building location of the plant final Thursday, two containers musty as location offices were there, with some workers worth. No plant was once visible.
Not mentioned since the awarding of the current soft is the R30-million rate of gear already manufactured by QFS
Not mentioned since the awarding of the current soft is the R30-million rate of gear already manufactured by QFS for the Port Alfred RO project after they received the initial soft better than a year ago. The normal soft was once later keep apart by the Grahamstown High Court, the acquire declaring Ndlambe’s soft project irregular and illegal.
The municipality had paid R20-million to QFS before a contract had even been signed. When Think Phillip Zilwa overturned the soft and contract, he said QFS would must always pay the R20m inspire to Ndlambe. QFS refused to, but confronted no penalties.
On the time, QFS Jap Cape director Musawenkosi Ndlovu said: “QFS has obvious the gear manufactured for the Kowie project is valued better than the rate paid to QFS. Loads of administrative shortcomings beget resulted in plentiful damages to QFS.”
In September final year, mayor Khululwa Ncamiso presented that the municipality would pay an extra R10.5-million to get the RO gear already manufactured and obtained by QFS.
The DA objected strongly to the proposal. A motion submitted in council by councillor Phil Kani said: “It moves that no extra money be paid to this carrier provider, and that all avenues (including correct) be aggressively pursued to get well those monies paid thus a ways. Lastly, it calls for that council inaugurate a elephantine investigation into those folks who permitted the ‘prepayment’ of the R20m to QFS, forward of any soft contract being signed.
The DA believes that any strive to throw extra money to QFS is merely a smokescreen to masks the already illegal project, and keep QFS up as the most nicely favored bidder in the current soft project
“The DA believes that any strive to throw extra money to QFS is merely a smokescreen to masks the already illegal project, and keep QFS up as the most nicely favored bidder in the current soft project. It would maybe be unacceptable and unreasonable to demand any other contractor to arrive in and decide over QFS’ issues and strength.”
QFS was once certainly the most nicely favored bidder when the project went out to soft yet again, even supposing this time it was once not the lowest bidder. Its describe of R128.5-million was once twice the trace of the lowest bidder, Amulet Crew, which describe merely over R62-million.
Moreover not explained is why the municipality modified from the 5ML seawater RO (SWRO) specs in its normal soft, to a 2ML SWRO plant and a 3ML wastewater reclamation plant (changing sewage to drinking water) in the current soft
Moreover not explained is why the municipality modified from the 5ML seawater RO (SWRO) specs in its normal soft, to a 2ML SWRO plant and a 3ML wastewater reclamation plant (changing sewage to drinking water) in the current soft, with the location of the plant relocated to be adjoining to the sewerage works. Doubts beget been raised that Port Alfred produces sufficient sewage to reclaim 3ML for drinking water.
In step with the soft doc, the time for completion of the first phase 2 megalitre (ML) SWRO plant and associated works is 83 days. It was once supposed to inaugurate in December, with a building fracture from December 24 2020 to January 3 2021. The 2nd phase 3ML water reclamation plant is a 131 day project, also with the exception of for a building fracture from December 24 2020 to January 3 2021 – which also anticipated a December inaugurate.
There is a delay damages clause in the soft doc of 0.1% on capital trace per share, per day, which equals a doable R12,800 per day when combining both phases of the plant.
The maximum amount of delay damages is 10% of the contract trace for the manufacture-invent trace acceptable per share, that come a doable R12.8-million in penalties.
The municipality has not spoke back to a query for commentary.
No penalties for RO plant delays