A public participation process was undertaken, which confirmed that the recommended option was acceptable to the public. Parts of the remedial works required encroachment on land outside the road reserve. The land on which part of the works would be undertaken was owned by the City of Cape Town, but was managed by the Cape Peninsula National Parks (CPNP). Representatives of CPNP were informed of the project and were met on site to explain the envisaged remedial measures.
Murphy adds that because certain of the works would fall outside the existing road reserve and onto land that is sensitive in nature, it was a requirement that normal environmental impact assessment procedures be followed. “This required the submission of Pre-application Form and Screening Checklist to the national environmental authority i.e. the Department of Environment Affairs and Tourism.”
“The application was copied to the provincial authority i.e. the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEA&DP) and CPNP. The necessary Record of Decision (ROD) was obtained from DEA&DP to proceed with the project.”
Finally, in February 2006, Vula Indlela Construction was appointed and construction was completed six months later in August 2006. The contract was advertised with the intention to use labour intensive means to complete the works and the EPWP guidelines were utilised in compiling the tender documentation. A total of approximate 40 000 man hours of work was created by the project, with the local community of Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay benefiting from it. The final construction cost amounted to approximately R3m.
Client: City of Cape Town, Department of Transport, Roads and Stormwater: M. Bondietti Main contractor: Vula Indlela Construction CC: Mark Nitzsche Civil Engineers: Jeffares & Green (Pty) Ltd: Duncan Murphy Geotechnical Engineer: M. van Wieringen and Associates: Mike van Wieringen Gabion Subcontractor: Gabion Construction: Wilfried Krohn Terrafix Subcontractor: Dassenberg Retaining: Charl Johnson Landscape Architect: Megan Anderson Landscape Architects: Theresa Howard Landscape Contractor: Eco Creations: Grant Barrett