Gibela awards tender for Phase One of the works at the Dunnottar factory

Site clearing and civil works subcontracted to Trencon

Gibela is set to begin preparing the site selected for its Dunnottar train manufacturing facility in Ekurhuleni.

This follows the award of the tender for site clearance and earthworks to Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) company, Trencon Construction Pty (Ltd).

Based in Edenvale, Ekurhuleni, with a national operating footprint, Trencon was established in 1995 and has a significant portfolio of work, including additions to the Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg and Nasrec Expo Centre near Soweto. A level 2 BBBEE company with 100% black ownership credentials, Trencon will work with a number of subcontractors to prepare the Dunnottar site, including Xihungaso Construction Services, a construction service-provider owned by black women. 

“We are very pleased to initiate this relationship with Trencon. It is a very important part of our mandate to empower local BBBEE businesses through the rolling stock project. I am confident that Trencon is the most suitable partner for us as we edge closer to localising the manufacture of 580 X’Trapolis MEGA trains after the first 20 have arrived from Alstom’s factory in Lapa, Brazil,” says Gibela CEO Marc Granger.

The factory will be a catalyst for transformation in South Africa - creating jobs, developing skills and uplifting the living standards of all those directly and indirectly affected by the project. This R1 billion manufacturing plant is where the majority of the new rolling stock for PRASA’s fleet renewal project will be built.

Toni Flavio, Trencon’s Operations Director, says, “We are delighted to have forged this new association with Gibela and with its ambitions to re-build South Africa’s train manufacturing industry. As a BBBEE Level 2 construction company of some years’ standing, we are proud of the many major building projects with which we have been associated, and we look forward to adding Gibela’s exciting new ‘home’ at Dunnottar to our record of success. It is particularly and enormously encouraging for us to have this opportunity to help Gibela deliver into its ambitions in terms of local economic development.”

It is anticipated that the actual construction of the building facilities, of which the bids are currently in adjudication stage, will begin in May 2016. The overall construction programme will last approximately 18 months, paving the way for the start of local manufacturing for the commuter trains.

For more information please contact:
On behalf of Gibela:
Pamella Radebe+27 83 277 8766Email:
Office tel:+27 11 518 8232 
Russell and Associates:
James Duncan+27 79 336 4010Email:
Pam McLeod+27 82 872 6387Email:
Office tel:+27 11 880 3924 

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