TRANSNET has called for tenders for the demolishing of the Richards Bay lighthouse.
This as the structure, which when built in 1979 stood 300 metres from the ocean, is now a mere three metres away from tumbling down the edge of the coastal dune face.
The hastily-called ‘short lead’ tender, under the category: ‘Demolition and Blasting’, required applicants to attend a briefing session at the lighthouse site in Meerensee last week.
Siva Moodley, Regional Manager East: Lighthouse and Navigational Systems (LNS) at TNPA, confirmed his business unit’s tender.
‘The tender is a request for proposals from the demolition industry on how best to remove the existing structure.
‘This is truly a unique situation,’ said Moodley.
‘LNS is mindful of the precarious position of the current structure, and specialist assistance is required.
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‘We are working with the City of uMhlathuze to put the necessary services in place for a new lighthouse on a new site in Richards Bay.
‘Construction of the structure is on track for this year.
‘The process has begun to erect a temporary light and structure on the current site at a safe distance from the cliff edge.’
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