Scoping out new fire station

2016-06-28 06:00

A tender has been awarded for professional services for a planned fire station outside Masiphumelele.

The project is in the scoping stage, with the tender awarded for the Bill of Quantities phase.

“This refers to the design phase, where we give the specifications for what we would like ideally and within the limited budget,” explains JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security.

Although initially estimated that construction would begin towards the end of the year, the actual construction is now expected to only “begin at the earliest in January or February 2017”, Smith says.

“The project is expected to be constructed over the next two financial years, with construction expected to be completed towards the end of 2018.”

Land on Kommetjie Road has been earmarked for the development of a new fire station to serve Masiphumelele (“Site for Masi fire station, People’s Post, 8 December), diagonally opposite the entrance to Masiphumelele.

The announcement of the new fire station followed shortly after the death of two people last year, in a fire in Masiphumelele which destroyed over 1000 homes and left more than 4000 residents destitute (“Two killed in Masi fire”, People’s Post, 1 December).

In addition, a new road to Masiphumelele is expected to open later this year and will boost the response time of emergency services as Hou­moed Avenue is being extended in a R19m project to link Kommetjie Road to the cul de sac in Masiphumelele.

This location will allow for a quicker response time to fires within the area, which includes Masiphumelele, Smith previously told People’s Post.

The project is estimated to cost R12m.

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