BUILDING: Afrimat Hopeful For Its WCape Business
Recent Western Cape Business News
BUILDING supplies specialist Afrimat has seen an encouraging pick-up in its Western Cape business.
Speaking to CBN, CEO Andries van Heerden said the local market was starting to show signs of life after two years in the doldrums following the completion of major construction projects like the Cape Town Stadium and the N2 Hospital Bend revamp.
“At the moment we are doing well compared to two years ago.”
Afrimat, which earns the bulk of its keep from supplying aggregates, is also hopeful of scoring large slabs of work in the much-anticipated Winelands N1/N2 project.
Afrimat’s eight Western Cape quarries are very well positioned in relation to the Winelands project.
Van Heerden hopes Afrimat will be able to supply upward of 40% of the aggregates needs for the project.
CBN understands the successful tenders should be announced at the end of the first quarter of 2011 with two consortia apparently left in the bidding.
Of course, a prolonged dispute around toll roads in the Western Cape could delay matters.
Van Heerden is not too anxious about possible delays in work commencing on the Winelands projects. “There is still quite a bit of work in the Western Cape to keep us busy.”
He says Afrimat is currently involved in a number of roadworks projects – including sections of the N1 and N2.
“If the toll road project does not go ahead there certainly still will be work for us. You just have to look at the N1 near the tunnel near Worcester. It’s full of potholes, and will need to be repaired sooner rather than later.”
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