Who can inform one when the works on the erosion protection wall on the beach at the end of Uitsig Street are due for completion?
After a delayed start due to the failure on the part of the Saldanha Bay Municipality (SBM) to submit a proper method statement of the proposed construction works to SANParks, the main works were basically completed in the latter part of 2014.
On 10/12/2014 I wrote to the ward councillor André Kruger, pointing out that, in my opinion as a professional civil engineer (retired), there were a number of points in both the quality of workmanship and the engineering integrity about which I had serious reservations. My letter was forwarded to a number of the main role-players involved.
Cllr Francois Schippers, the Executive Mayor, was of the opinion that the consulting engineers had the necessary knowledge and experience to deal with these problems. Henno Hickman of Element Consulting Engineers made snide remarks about comments from “retired engineers”, but gave the assurance that all the problems would be attended to before the contractor left site and no completion certificate would be issued until this was done. Gerrit Smith, the town engineer from SBM, did not respond