"Once the Bid Evaluation Committee (BEC) has announced the outcome of the Stage 1 evaluation process, the qualifying bidder(s), if any, will enter into an agreement with the City of Cape Town which will set out the conditions and requirements to be followed for the rest of the process."Due to the lengthy processes that have to take place, Herron could not provide an exact date as to when the construction will commence. Herron also emphasized that the future of the uncompleted bridges will be determined once the winning bidder is announced.
"Mr Achmat Ebrahim, City Manager at the time, reconstituted the Bid Evaluation Committee in the latter part of last year. As the City’s Accounting Officer, he had an oversight responsibility regarding this process. Having been advised by our independent assurance auditors on an expressly confidential basis that a deadlock had been experienced during evaluation of key technical criteria, the City Manager, having considered all options, took the decision to reconstitute the Bid Evaluation Committee at the time."Herron goes on to further say that the process has taken place under the watchful eyes of independent auditors. This ensuring that the process is "fair and thorough".
"Bidders were required to submit a development proposal which had to include, among others, details about how they intend to provide housing opportunities to a diverse cross-section of income groups. Submissions had to elaborate on what percentage of the total development rights in the core development zone will be earmarked for the provision of affordable housing and how it would be integrated along transit-oriented development principles," explained Herron.The Foreshore Freeway Precinct Project is aimed at providing affordable housing in the City. Apart from this, tax payers can breath a sigh of relief, as Herron confirmed that most of the funding from the City will be provided through the normal budgeting processes.