RCC’s road project well ahead of schedule
The project upgrade from gravel to bitumen standard of 254 kilometres of road kicked off in February 2014 and phase one between Gobabis and Aminuis is currently underway. The contract value of the project is N$1.2 billion and project completion is scheduled for December 2017, however the company is confident that work will be completed well ahead of schedule.
Dr. Pieter Oosthuizen PMP, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the RCC advised that the Board had been impressed with the progress made on the project. Oosthuizen said, “36 kilometres are already under construction and 20km are ready for the final base layer.
This means that as soon as the site team completes the base course on the road, bitumen prime will be applied, followed by the actual surfacing (black top). We are proud to say that the site team will do the first section of bitumen prime well before the project closes for the December contractor holiday.” Oosthuizen expressed his confidence that the team would complete phase one of the project well ahead of schedule. “This is, however, not the only bit of good news we would like to share,” said Oosthuizen. He added that the joint venture company employed several SME contractors and started a training programme on site which included training on all levels, from site management down to artisans and operators.
“This to us is another one of the great aspects of this current project. While being ahead of schedule, we also train fellow Namibians who are then equipped to seek meaningful employment. While we upgrade the roads, we also enable our workers in a win-win situation for all,” he said.