Quarry tender grinds to a halt

2017-02-07 06:01

A tender process to find someone to take over the Strand Street Quarry has been cancelled.

The process ran last year to find proposals for its medium-term lease (“Tenders are in for Strand St Quarry”, People’s Post, 1 March 2016).

Three tenders were received, with only one found to be viable, explains Stuart Diamond, Mayco member for assets and facilities management.

“One tenderer, namely Village & Life, qualified in terms of the development concept and experience but failed to qualify in terms of financial offer. The tenderer proposed an urban park including container shops, food trucks, hobby shops, an amphitheatre, public open spaces for events and markets, visitor parking and recreational facilities such as a play park,” he says.

However, as the “tenderer was non-responsive in terms of the tender criteria relating to the financial offer and organisational structure”, the tender was cancelled in December last year, Diamond says, and no-one will be appointed.

The quarry – which has been linked to crime, vagrancy and littering – was to be developed by the City as a 2010 legacy project. But the development was put on hold after funding dried up (“Plan grinds to a halt”, People’s Post, 23 September 2014).

Ward councillor Brandon Golding remains hopeful that a solution will be found over the next few months.

In the meantime, City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department, which is responsible for the management and oversight of the property, has asked Law Enforcement to help with safety and security, Diamond says.

The quarry had previously been earmarked for development by Sanparks, which was investigating installing some kind of cableway to transport visitors to Signal Hill and the Noon Gun.

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