The successful bidder for the Msikaba Bridge is a joint venture between South African civil engineering company Concor and international construction business Mota-Engil.
The bridge over the Msikaba Gorge will be built near Lusikisiki. It is one of two major bridges as part of the N2 Wild Coast project; the contract for the nearby Mtentu Bridge was awarded last year (link opens in new tab).
Msikaba's 580m main span will be the longest for a cable-stayed bridge in Africa and the second-longest main span on the continent after the recently completed 680m of the Maputo-Catembe suspension bridge in Mozambique. Its piers will be 127m high and the height of the deck will be approximately 195m above the valley floor, making it the third-highest bridge in Africa after Bloukraans at 216m and the Mtentu Bridge at 223m.
The 33-month construction period for the Msikaba Bridge is due to get under way in February 2019 following an initial three-month ramp-up period that starts next month. The total contract amount is approximately US$115 million, excluding value added tax.