South Africa has proven its capability to handle all types of events especially with the success of the recent Confederations Cup, British and Irish Lions tour and the Indian Premier League. Now with less that a year to go for the big event in June 2010, it is all systems go for the all infrastructural projects in Durban related to the event.
The R7b airport project is about 70% complete with most areas on the critical path well on track. The air traffic control tower has been handed over to ATNS to ensure all the necessary IT integrations can be completed. All aprons, runway and taxiways are ahead of schedule while the terminal building roof has been completed and most concrete works also completed.
The critical alignment of the operational readiness and transfer program (ORAT) to the construction progress has been well received by the contractor and work has commenced in earnest in ensuring all the related work streams are streamlined parallel to the construction progress. Most of the 24 ORAT work streams are now active and are continually being reviewed within the project delivery program.
ACSA is in the process of finalising the retail appointment for the new site and that is in line with ensuring all the relevant tenant co-ordination activities are well in advance. Also a critical element of this is to ensure that third party contractors for the tenants are properly managed and signed off to ensure all requirements are met.
The state of the art baggage system from New Zealand is being installed while the air bridges from Spain just touched down on the site recently and will be installed in the next month. The German cargo system is being installed while the machine bay doors at the F&R building have been erected.
Like the airport the other big project that is taking shape is the R3b Moses Mabhida soccer stadium which is named after a trade unionist that helped develop the SA Congress of Trade Unions and Umkhonto we Sizwe. The project which seats 70 000 spectators will be completed in October 2009 and will play host to 5 matches during the FIFA World Cup.
The stadium has some unique features including demountable seating, a 350m long and 105m high span arch which will hold the roof. A cable car will be installed to ferry visitors to a viewing platform 106m above the pitch.
The contractors involved include Aveng through DSE, WBHO and Group 5 with WBHO and Group 5 also involved with the construction of the new airport. These two major projects have proven to be catalysts to other business and property opportunities in an around their location. So watch this space!!!!