Gautrain route between OR Tambo International Airport and Sandton may be ready for 2010 Soccer World Cup

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 in Media Releases

Jerome Govender, CEO of the Bombela Concession Company (Bombela) today announced that it has taken the initiative and, subject to approval by Gauteng Province, Bombela has stated its willingness to commission a modified scope phase 1 rail service between OR Tambo International Airport and Sandton Station, including intermediate commuter stations, in time for the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup.

The modified scope completion of phase 1 in time for the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup recognises the exceptional performance of the Bombela infrastructure, systems and operations subcontractors in mitigating the significant delays to date occasioned through land acquisition and delivery and numerous project variation instructions. The cost and time consequences associated with land acquisition and delivery are currently being processed through the dispute resolution provisions of the contract.

Gauteng Province announced on 5 November 2009 that funding constraints prevented consideration of the original Bombela acceleration proposal submitted on 13 July 2009, which offered full scope completion of phase 1 of the Gautrain Project by 27 May 2010. “The modified scope for Phase 1 represents an alternative and more affordable solution to the challenge” said Govender.

Bombela is a partnership between Murray & Roberts and Strategic Partners Group from South Africa, Bombardier of Canada and Bouygues of France. Each of the partners has different levels of participation in the various aspects of the project. Minority shareholders in Bombela are J&J Group and ABSA Bank.

For more information, contact:
Kelebogile Machaka
Mobile: 083 725 6547

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