The Joint Steering Committee, (JTC) of the Governments of Botswana and Zambia met in Kasane on the 25-26 April 2018 to review progress of the project and to appreciate challenges and where possible offer solutions to the challenges.
The Kazungula Bridge Project is a multi-national and border crossing Project at the confluence of the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers. The key objective of the project is to facilitate trade through; Reduced Transit Time for freight & passengers; Reduced Time-based trade & transport cost and Improved border management operations from the new One Stop Border Facilities
The Project involves the Construction of the Kazungula Bridge across the Zambezi River and the One Stop Border Post Facilities in Botswana and Zambia. The Project is implemented by the governments of Botswana and Zambia. The construction of the One Stop Border Post Facilities in Botswana and in Zambia comprises of Public Buildings, Circulation and Main Approach Roads, Car, Bus and Truck Parking Bays.
The implementing agency is the Road Development Agency of Zambia and the Government of Botswana and represented through the Kazungula Bridge Project Office (KBPO). The Engineer is the Kazungula Bridge Project Consultants Joint Venture (KBPC-JV). The Project is divided into three separate Contracts summarises as follows;
Package 1: The construction of the 923m long bridge by (Daewoo E&C (Pty) Ltd.) of South Korea
Package 2: The construction of the Botswana One Stop Border Post Facility by (Zhong Gan Engineering (Pty) Ltd.) of China
Package 3: The Construction of the Zambia One Stop Border Post Facility by (Anhui Foreign Economic Construction (Group) Co. Ltd.) of China
The current progress status on the three contracts is as follows: Package Planned Progress Actual Progress Comments;
• Bridge 55.5% 52% 2 months behind programme
• Botswana OSBP 78% 75% 1 month behind
• Zambia OSBP 24% 19% 2 months behind
The Botswana OSPB is expected to be completed before October 2018 while the Bridge and Zambia OSBP will be completed in October 2018. The JTC has noted progress made so far and committed to assisting and encouraging the contractors to completing the Project early. The JTC expressed the desire to seeing the programme of works being followed, also for early resolution of contractual claims and to seeing the Contractors continuously complying with the laws of the two-member states.