“A call for proposals for the development of a new ship-repair facility was issued in September 2003, and the process is under way,” she adds.
The closing date, however, is subject to the Transnet proposal-call process. A call for proposals was issued in which the port specified the land and water area available for the development of a new ship- repair facility. “As a proposal call, the process is not descriptive of the technical and physical parameters of the facility required, hence this is the bidders’ decision,” says Mandisa. The main contractors will be known when the preferred bidder has been identified, as each bidder has its own main contractors.
The proposal call process stipulates black economic-empowerment involvement within the bids and is also used as an evaluation criterion in line with Transnet procurement policy. The cost of building the new ship-repair facility will be known once the preferred bidder has been identified. “Each bidder, as part of its proposal call, will identify the cost and revenue streams applicable,” says Mandisa.
The port has received detailed business cases as part of the second-stage Transnet call for proposals process, and these are in the pro- cess of evaluation.
Post tendering negotiations will follow after this. Construction has not started yet, so the time and budget constraints are not clear at this stage. The development of a new ship-repair facility to accommodate additional business will create additional employment opportunities. The additional ship-repair facility will also accommodate new business, allow for sustain-able growth within the ship-repair sector and allow for better use of present ship-repair infrastructure within the port.
“New business and sustainable ship-repair growth allows for economic development,” says Mandisa.