Province: Chappies toll delay disastrous

2012-05-29 13:53

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Cape Town - A delay in the construction of the Chapman's Peak toll plaza would have disastrous consequences, the Western Cape High Court heard on Tuesday.

Lawyer Sean Rosenberg said an interdict by the Hout Bay Residents' Association and the Habitat Council to halt building activity would delay the completion date by a year, from July 2013 to July 2014.

Speaking on behalf of Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and Transport MEC Robin Carlisle, he said the delay would cost R9m, based on a loss of efficiency and escalation in building costs.

Construction company Murray and Roberts, a senior partner in concessionaire Entilini, might also be tempted to bow out of the deal.

"There is a good risk that their patience may run out and that they may cancel this agreement on the basis that interim relief was granted," he said.

Such a cancellation would cost the province in the region of R141m.

The other respondents in the matter are National Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa and the SA National Parks (SANParks).

Rosenberg argued that Molewa had been very quiet in the matter.

This suggested there were no grounds to say environmental authorisations had not been granted.

He said Molewa was in the best position to stop construction should she feel the correct procedures had not been followed.

- SAPA

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