MEDIA STATEMENT: 03 FEBRUARY 2021
PORT ALFRED RO PLANT: PROGRESS TO DATE
The RO Plant project consists of 2 ML/day salt water RO Plant and a 3 ML/day wastewater RO Plant including all ancillary works. Both plants will be constructed on a site next to the Waste Water Treatment Works in Port Alfred.
Public Tenders were called for during September 2020. The Tender advertisement was placed in local newspaper as well as regional newspapers. It was also advertised on the Ndlambe LM website. A compulsory Tender Briefing session was held on 29 September 2020.
The Tender closing date was on 26 October 2020. Four Tenders were received by the closing date and time and these tenders were opened in public. The tenders then underwent evaluation through the Bid Evaluation Committee (BEC) and thereafter the Bid Adjudication Committees (BAC) of the Municipality. These processes were completed during the month of November 2020.The tender was awarded to Quality Filtration System (QFS) at the end of November 2020 on the basis of the points scored and the price submitted for the tender. A Contract Inception meeting was held with QFS on 30 November 2020. The major part of the project is being funded through the RBIG grant from Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). In line with these requirements DWS representatives participated and observed the processes of awarding of the tender.
There has been a delay in the contractor getting the required work permit. The contractor received the permit on the 29th of January instead of the 9th of January, hence the contractor only started on site recently, but it must be noted that the contractor had commenced in December to work at the manufacturing plant in Cape Town. A RO plant and the equipment required for the process is highly technical. Therefore the input requires specialist resources and manufacturing of the equipment. The construction of the plants has commenced and is continuing at the manufacturing plant in Cape Town. The target is that the first consignment of equipment and materials will be arriving in Port Alfred by middle February. Contractually the completion date of the 2ML/day plant has now moved to beginning April due to the delays mentioned above. The contractor is working hard to ensure that this contract completion time is reduced where possible.
In the interim at a local level in Port Alfred contractual matters and requirements have been dealt with and this includes the recruitment of a Community Liaison Officer (CLO) as well as the ISD Officer. Recruitment for both these positions has been done locally with Ndlambe LM facilitating the process being undertaken by the Contractor and the Project Managers.
The Contract also specifies that a portion of the work must be awarded to Small Micro and Medium Enterprises (SMME’S). The procurement of these companies was also done through a public process managed by the Contractor. There are three SMME packages and the contracts for all three have been awarded. The handover of the respective sites to two of the SMME’s was done on 22 January 2021. The Project Steering is being established and will be having the first meeting in the week of the 15th of February 2021.
There is a full understanding and appreciation of the current water crisis in Port Alfred. Hence the progress with the project is being closely monitored by the Municipality and it’s representatives.
The Municipality wish to thank the people of Port Alfred for their cooperation and contributions during the water crisis. We are most thankful to the communities for their efforts to see us through this crisis.
In the interim, drastic restrictions are implemented to conserve the small amount of water we have available. Drought conditions persist, thus our water situation is worsening. We are now solely dependent on borehole water shared between Port Alfred and Bathurst. The high lying areas are the most affected even if the water get pumped into the reservoirs it doesn’t get enough for everyone to open at 6am to 10am as previously communicated.
Water tanks placed around Port Alfred are still serviced and residents may collect water from these sources. The municipality wishes to remind the residents that the restrictions that were imposed in December 2018 due to drought have not been lifted and people must adhere to these restrictions. Failure to adhere to the restriction is affecting everyone in regards to water supply.
- Communities are urged to reduce their water consumption by at least 50% in order to conserve the little that we have.
- To adhere to water restrictions.
- To report any leaks to 0466045500
PLEASE USE WATER SPARINGLY
NOTICE: 2021 ROLLY DUMEZWENI
03 FEBRUARY 2021 MUNICIPAL MANAGER