City awards tender for demolition of cooling towers

By Kim Saulse
25 May 2010

The City announced yesterday that it appointed a contractor to demolish the two Athlone cooling towers.

The decision to demolish the iconic towers was taken after the reinforced stiffening rings of one of the towers collapsed mid-February, raising safety concerns.

The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Clive Justus, said in a statement the winning contractor will be responsible for safe access to the towers and their implosion, as per the bid specification. The contractor will also be responsible for the clean up, leveling and preparation of the site for further operations.

Jet Demolition (Pty) Ltd. was awarded the tender after it complied with the requirements.

“Following an evaluation and a check for compliance with the tender requirements, the lowest offer which complied with the specification, R6, 496 million, was submitted by Jet Demolition (Pty) Ltd,” said Justus.

Justus added that they are aware of the “great public interest in the demolition of the towers and will share further information with the public as the process unfolds”.


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