11 July 2018

Namibia: RA Building Repairs Underway

Roads Authority chief executive Conrad Lutombi yesterday said the ongoing repairs at the RA's new N$219 million building will be completed by October this year.

Lutombi has been claiming that repairs would be made as from April 2017, after cracks were discovered on pillars on the ground floor.

The building, erected by Namibia Construction, with Bicon Consulting Engineers as project managers, was completed in February last year.

But a month later cracks started appearing on the pillars in the southern part of the building. At the time, Lutombi said they had wanted to invite President Hage Geingob to inaugurate the building, but this had to be postponed until remedial work was completed. He told The Namibian recently that remedial work has only just commenced, and would cost the parastatal N$23 million.

According to him, the work was being carried out by the main contractor, Namibia Construction, who are working with specialist sub-contractor Amsteele.

This follows after Bicon Consulting Engineers conducted an investigation to determine what caused the defects on the ground floor of the building, and a report was submitted to works minister John Mutorwa in March this year.

"It has been concluded that no structural repairs are required for the top three floors, that is the fourth and fifth floors as well as the sixth floor," Lutombi said.

"The work has been going on for the past three months now and will be completed in October," he said.

A number of engineers have said that the building was a collapse risk, but Lutombi has maintained that the building was safe, even as steel supports were erected to reinforce the affected pillars.

The building is situated on the south-eastern corner of the intersection of David Hosea Meroro Road and Mandume Ndemufayo Avenue, south of the Windhoek city centre.

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