Eastern Cape, 6 May 2023 – The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) and contractors, the Concor/MECSA Construction Joint Venture, are saddened by the death of a construction worker who passed away at the Msikaba Bridge construction site in Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape Province, on Friday, 5 May 2023.
SANRAL and the contractors, CME JV, offered their condolences to the family of the worker, who died after a fatal accident occurred at the Msikaba Bridge construction site. He worked for one of the subcontractors on the site.
“We extend our sincere condolences to the family and the community of Lusikisiki for this tragic accident. We want the family to know that we will take every action possible to comfort them through this challenging time”, said Laurence Savage, Project Director of CME JV.
SANRAL’s General Manager for Marketing and Communications, Vusi Mona, said the roads agency was saddened by the news.
“SANRAL and our contractor, the Concor/MECSA Construction Joint Venture, send our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. We wish them strength during this difficult time. We are not in a position to name the deceased at this time,” said Mona.
SANRAL and the CME JV are undertaking an internal investigation to determine the cause of the accident. The authorities are also investing what happened.
The Msikaba Bridge contract forms part of SANRAL’s flagship N2 Wild Coast Road (N2WCR) road infrastructure development project that starts in East London and ends along the border of the Eastern Cape province and KwaZulu-Natal province at the Mtamvuna River in Port Edward.
“We are working closely with the contractors to uncover what led to this tragic incident. The safety of our workers on site is of paramount importance to SANRAL and we want to ensure that work is implemented in a safe environment, free of injuries,” said Mona.
Before this tragic incident, the Msikaba Bridge construction site has held an exemplary record of over 3,5 million loss time injury free hours.