02 December 2019 - NW1403
Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
With reference to the reply to question 2211 on 30 October 2017, (a) on what date was the last inspection for possible structural damages of the Windsor Water Tower situated in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, (b) who conducted the inspection, (c) what were the findings, (d) by what date will repairs to the tower take place and (e) what are the projected costs of any repairs?
The information was provided by the Gauteng Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.
(a) The last structural inspection was last conducted in October 2018.
(b) The inspection was conducted by the appointed consultant through the City’s aqua leap programme. The consultant’s name is Southern Ambition Consulting Engineers.
(c) Two options were given. One option recommends that the tower be refurbished at a high cost and 5 years after the refurbishment, further refurbishment be done again. The second option recommends that another tower be constructed to replace the existing one where a life span of 70 years will be achieved.
(d) The city opted for the replacement option after a cost benefit analysis. The design is currently in the process of approval for the implementation of a new tower. A panel of contractors to implement the project is already appointed by the City.
(e) The projected costs for option 1 which is to refurbish the tower to last 5 years before another refurbishment, is R17 000 000.00 and the approval of design reports to replace the tower are currently underway. Final costing will be determined once approvals are finalised.