The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) has been implementing Rea Vaya infrastructure along the Louis Botha Development Corridor on behalf of the City of Johannesburg’s Transport department since 2016. The JDA has over the past year experienced sporadic project stoppages in particular on the Rea Vaya projects located along the Louis Botha Development Corridor. However, since July 2019, due to the violent and threating nature of these stoppages, all construction work has been brought to a halt on three projects; the Watt Interchange, the BRT Stations as well as the Rea Vaya depot on Vincent Tshabalala Road in Alexandra.
Acting CEO for the JDA, Douglas Cohen says, “we have advised the three affected contractors to temporarily suspend the works (as per the provision in the contract) and to remove plant in order to mitigate against further unnecessary standing time costs and damage/theft to property. The JDA has also requested the contractors to retain in place all possible measures to ensure the safety of all personnel on-site and around the construction sites”