The Motheo Construction Group has been awarded a R145 million contract by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) for bulk services at the Tembisa Extension 25 mega-project for the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality.
Located on former Old Mutual Land, the project has been allocated R160 million in the 2018/19 period, and R524 million over the next three years, as noted in the Ekurhuleni 2017/18 Budget Highlights. Established in 1957, Tembisa is a major informal settlement to the north of Kempton Park on the East Rand in Gauteng.
Junithan Moodley, Operations Director of the Motheo Construction Group’s civils division, explains that the next step is to appoint sub-contractors in terms of relevant Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs), as well to provide the DBSA with a detailed quality plan for the works, including the construction methodology to be adopted.
“Our detailed programme for the scope of work will emphasise the critical path and completion date, which is an estimated 12 months for the entire package,” Moodley outlines. Site handover and mobilisation are currently underway.
Well-known in the construction industry as a leading provider of social housing, the Motheo Construction Group’s civils division, under CEO Archie Rutherford, is aimed at transforming it into a one-stop contractor.
The civils division specialises in the construction of roads and earthworks, as well as installation of services such as water, sewer and stormwater reticulation. It has also established a formidable concrete division specialising in all forms of structural concrete work.
“We have a substantial pipeline of project work. I am confident that the group will grow to be in a position to compete with the large public construction companies in the future. Apart from being majority black women-owned, most of our staff are young, which means they represent the next generation of management and technical expertise,” Moodley concludes.