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R1.65 Billion Msikaba bridge construction project underway

Msikaba bridge construction project is now underway in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. According to President Cyril Ramaphosa, the project is set to create 36 000 jobs and produce R4 billion in income for local companies.

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The 580-meter-long Msikaba bridge construction project, which 127-meter-high pylons will support, is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2025 or early 2026.

Ramaphosa stated his satisfaction that the project was handled by a black South African contractor. The tender for the bridge’s construction was handed down in 2017 by the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL).

The tender was granted to the Concor Mota-Engil Joint Venture (CMEJV), which comprises of Concor, a South African construction firm, and Mota-Engil, a Portuguese construction company.

The Msikaba bridge construction project, which will be built near the Eastern Cape’s rural town of Lusikisiki, is anticipated to create 36 000 jobs and contribute R4 billion to local businesses.

Already, R120 million has been spent in small, local businesses. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced this on Thursday during a visit to the bridge’s under-construction foundation in Lusikisiki.

The cable-stayed bridge should be completed by the end of 2025 or early 2026.

It was developed as part of the N2 Wild Coast Road project, which intended to increase investment and growth, establish new economic sectors, and strengthen its connectivity between rural and urban regions.

When addressing near the site, Ramaphosa stated that the project would generate between 21 000 and 28 000 indirect jobs during construction and 8 000 direct full-time jobs once completed.

The project has resulted in 28 000 indirect jobs being produced. Considering another 8 000 jobs generated during the project’s lifetime, a substantial number of jobs have been created overall.

The president also claimed that the salary cost would be R720 million. This is with both expert and unskilled workers already on board.

Work on the bridge’s foundation began in May of 2020.

According to Ramaphosa, the bulk of the workers would be trained on the job. Locals put up 62% of the 330-person crew on the bridge build. The principal contractor employed 156 workers, while local subcontractors hired 173.

According to Ramaphosa, 600 engineers and support staff will assure a fantastic conclusion during the building process.

Two 127-meter-tall pylons will support the 580-meter-long bridge.

The bridge’s deck, according to sources, would be 194 metres above the valley floor. This would make it Africa’s third-highest bridge, trailing only the current Bloukrans Bridge at 216 metres and the Mtentu Bridge, which will reach 223 metres when completed.

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