Merlewood Primary to be ‘totally rebuilt’

2016-02-11 06:00

TENDER bidders to build a new Merlewood Primary gathered at the school hall on Monday for this new development.

The bidders were invited by
Coega Development Corporation, assigned by the Department
of Education to facilitate the
project.

Merlewood Primary has had prefabricated classrooms for decades, which have deteriorated over the years and the school will be rebuilt with bricks.

Coega project manager Zandile Ncongo and her engineers, health and safety officers, architects
and stakeholders working on
the upgrade explained to the
bidders what is required from
them should they be awarded the project.

Each contractor must have all the required documents and the entire school will have to be demolished and pupils will have to be moved to temporary learning facilities in the meantime.

“The awarded contractor should bear in mind that this is a fixed-budget contract.

“They should also have a plan of getting temporary infrastructures for learning to continue.

“This will be another of their responsibilities,” she said.

The Merlewood upgrade will also bring employment opportunities for the community.

Ngcongo said 80% of the
labourers who will be working on the project should come from
the Merlewood community and
contractors should start outsourcing.

The project is expected to take 18 months, which includes the 2016 December holidays.

The starting date for construction was not mentioned as contractors still need to submit all requirements and all processes of tendering need to be finalised.

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