GAUTRAIN: Bombela Overcomes Final Hurdle to Operate the Gautrain
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Yesterday afternoon, the Gautrain’s Independent Certifier (IC), Arup, issued a certificate for operations commencement confirming that Bombela has met all its contractual obligations to operate the Gautrain as from the accelerated completion date of 08 June 2010.
Arup Project Director for the Gautrain Independent Certifier Team, Ric Snowden, says: “It is wonderful to finally see this project come to life and a privilege to have been part of such an historic moment for South Africa. We can look forward to offering both international and local World Cup soccer fans a world-class railway service to and from the airport.”
Snowden attributes the success of this project – which he understands may be the largest Public Private Partnership in the southern hemisphere - to a fully committed project team and a strong working partnership between Bombela and the Gauteng Provincial Government.
Bombela Concession Company’s CEO, Jerome Govender says: “Six months ago, no one thought that this would be possible, given the Gauteng Provincial Government’s budgetary constraints and the programme challenge of meeting an accelerated full phase one system in time for the FIFA Soccer World Cup. As a result, Bombela had to find an innovative alternative for a modified specification. Our teams have been working around-the-clock for the past three months to achieve this, and we are delighted to receive the IC’s certification.”
Following successful certification of Phase 1, Arup’s IC team will now focus on the Phase 2 milestones and the issuing of the Phase 2 operating commencement date certificate. Finally, a completion certificate must be issued by the IC for the whole project, Govender concludes.
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