S/Africa, Lesotho agree to share contracts on water project
The South African and Lesotho governments have agreed on the equitable sharing of contracts to be awarded during the construction of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP).
Speaking at the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) briefing sessions held at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg on Monday, Water and Sanitation Deputy Director-General Lindiwe Lusenga emphasised on the equal participation of the Lesotho and South African contractors.
Lusenga said the LHWP was committed to enhance the use of Black entrepreneurs, individual experts and smaller companies.
She encouraged smaller and bigger entities to join forces with one another to form a competent and financially efficient grouping to bid for the contracts.
“To this end, the two governments have agreed on the equitable sharing of contracts to be awarded. There are in excess of 90 contracts from now until 2025,” Lusenga said.
The South African consultants and contractors will share on a 50:50 basis in all the advance infrastructure works, and on a minimum of 50 percent in the Polihali Dam and Tunnel contracts.
“In all of these contracts Black participation, women, youth and disabled persons are guaranteed a 20% share of the South African portion. To date, up to 16 consultancy contracts have been awarded and are in force, with six contracts in evaluation and approval stages, and two contracts are at the bidding stage,” she said.
This is Phase II of the LHWP envisaged to be completed in 2025. It will be implemented in two distinct systems, including a water delivery system to augment the delivery of water to South Africa, and a hydroelectric power generation system.