How Much Did Abdul Pandor Invoice Barbados For Re-Designing The ABC Highway?

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Barbados Free Press received the following submission from an anonymous reader. As with all anonymous writings, including this blog, people should take a little salt, think for themselves and attempt to confirm or deny facts before coming to any conclusions. We have removed some information and sections from this piece.

Let’s see if anyone can come up with additional information that will assist the citizens of Barbados as they seek the transparency in the spending of their tax dollars – transparency that was once promised by the DLP but never happened.

Here is what we received…

In late October 2008 Mr. Pandor was appointed by Prime Minister David Thompson as head of the drainage unit our island’s newest new statutory corporation. This followed the floods of mid to late October.

Pandor was the Chairman of the National Housing Corporation (NHC) prior to his appointment to head the drainage unit; however, he did step down from this post following his move to the drainage unit.

At his press conference in October Thompson noted, “There are design problems that have come up recently in the ABC Expansion Project, particularly with this issue of drainage. I need him to work on the [design problems of the] ABC highway as well as the establishment of the drainage unit, a new structure for looking at these issues.”

Even before 3S was formally dismissed by Thompson Pandor was identified by the government as that person who would be asked to investigate the cost overruns relative to the ABC highway; additionally he was asked by MTW to redesign the ABC highway to reflect the removal of the flyovers.

Pandor submitted an invoice for the work required by MTW for (Amount Removed By BFP Editor). When the invoice was opened by the MTW civil servants; a few thought that their eye sight was playing tricks on them.

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64 responses to “How Much Did Abdul Pandor Invoice Barbados For Re-Designing The ABC Highway?

  1. I state clearly that transparency and accountability are paramount in good governance.

    Therfore, it must be made clear what Mr.Pandor’s status is.

    Having said that, surely, as a qualified person, Mr.Pandor is justified in billing his costs, just as a doctor, just an one of the fancy overseas consultants that the previous administration was so keen to use?

    Bear in mind that such costs, billed by the hour, by a qualified person, can mount up.

    Why are we so keen to pillory a ‘local’ consultant, however qualified, but willing to pay some gosh-who-knows-where-they-came-from foreign ‘consultant’ huge sums, without question?

    If this invoice was from some UK or USA engineer, it would have been paid without question.

    Good on Mr.Thompson for choosing alocal, qualified engineer to do the job.

    It is time that we recognise our local qualified people, such as Mr.Pandor, when we have great education, our people commonly do brilliantly in the USA and UK when they go overseas, plenty of evidence of that, yet we treat our local qualified persons with scant respect, believeing a ‘foreigner’ knows more?

    Ridiculous and if I may, a remnant of mental slavery that we must get over.

    After all, while the experts at Merill Lynch, Standard and Poor’s etc were very happy two years ago, we would have bowed to these ‘experts’ for advice to our Government, no?

    But what did they really know, as has been proven since?

    We must recognise our local expertise and be confident in our approach.

    Peace & Live Strong

  2. Cliverton Not Signed In

    OK Rump, let’s have the transparency then shall we?

    How much was, and is, being paid to EACH consultant for what work. Let’s have the list!

    Oh? What’s that you say? We don’t have any Freedom of Information or Conflict of Interest laws?

    Oh… I guess I won’t even bother asking how much money is being paid by the DLP government to businesses owned or controlled by government officials.

  3. HUH???

    What’s the point of removing the amount of money he billed MTW? That’s the most important part of the story.

  4. Juris

    You are asking for the answer which you already know and removed? I don’t understand. Incidentally, how much did Barbados pay the foreign consultants for the Law of the Sea cae?

  5. SBS

    How much did Barbados pay the consultants for the Law of the Sea Case?

    I don’t know, but it is an excellent question. This information about how OUR money was spent should be available to us.

    Didn’t the Prime Minister promise freedom of information within 60 days of being elected? What happened to the promise?

  6. ru4real

    Isnt he the guy who built the bridges that fell down in St Kitts?

  7. ru4real

    There are design problems that have come up recently in the ABC Expansion Project, particularly with this issue of drainage. I need him to work on the [design problems of the] ABC highway as well as the establishment of the drainage unit, a new structure for looking at these issues.”
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    All b********ks
    He wanted him to fill in the gaps left to allow for the flyovers.

  8. money paid for productive services rendered

    “We must recognise our local expertise and be confident in our approach”

    I whole heartedly agree

    The problem arises as it does with any invoice from a professional or consultant;

    Was the time spent and invoiced for actually productively spent in completing a defined project?

    What happens in Barbados when the legal profession, such as in the government building project in Warrens adds not one but two zeros to the bills and then throws a dart at the wall just to make the whole process more scientific.

    or what about the legal pig pile on Marjorie Knox in the Kingsland case to prevent her appealing her case where the lawyers, in the same action probably added at least one zero to the invoices for actual time spent.

    from the Kingsland blog

    “In 2001 Civil Appeal No. 17 of 2001 was filed. Marjorie Knox was ordered by the Court of Appeal judges to pay $1 million into court as security for costs and VAT which had been claimed by the lawyers for the respondents or her case would be dismissed. The lawyers claimed:
    Sir Harold St.John, Q.C. $626,750.00
    Mr. Leslie Haynes, Q.C. $612,950.00
    Cottle Catford & Co. $379,500.00
    Mr. Vernon Smith $552,000.00
    Mr. Clyde Turney, Q.C $172,500.00
    As far as I know, no invoices to clients have been produced by any of the above attorneys-at-law to prove that they actually incurred these costs, and there is no indication whether VAT has been paid.”

    Surely its about time that the various professions in Barbados charged for actual services provided and not what the market may or may not bear? This, in itself, is extremely unprofessional.

  9. Sad To Say

    RUMPS:

    We are in total agreement with your point that transparency and accountability are paramount in good governance.

    Mr. Pandor is a qualified civil engineer. And no one is disputing that Mr. Pandor should bill US (the taxpayer) for his services at (a reasonable) cost.

    However, may be you will like to explain how on earth Mr. Pandor’s reasonable cost can top $20,000,000 YES 20 MILLION dollars. I have a problem with my hard earned tax $ going to any local or foreign consultant who is charging at a rate that far exceeds what would be considered reasonable or decent. Plainly stated a fee of 20 million for the services offered is obnoxious and “highway crookery”, no pun intended.

    Your assumption that “If this invoice was from some UK or USA engineer, it would have been paid without question” is utter BS. Such a claim exposes a personal bias of undetermined dimensions.

    I am still to decide if you are Abdul Pandor himself or someone close to his and this group of wannabe DLP crooks.

    The rest of your rant is no more than verbiage that is fit to be flushed. FLUSH!!

    PS: Your response moved from that of an above average intelligent response to that of someone who is on the take in some form or fashion from the powers that be.

  10. Mike

    This must be a joke. Twenty million dollars for what?

  11. Sad To Say

    This is NOT a joke. I voted for the DLP last election, only to realise that their philosophy is it is the same sh-t but on a differnt shift.

  12. reality check

    Its probably closer to Two Hundred Thousand real value.

    The rest is for the aggravation of trying to collect it.

  13. Sad To Say

    It is important that WE THE PEOPLE use the Internet to OVEREXPOSE the corrupt ways of their governance – B, D or other. The days when these pieces of sh-t can pull the wool over our eyes is long gone. Let these miserable ball heads go scratch their balding heads as to how to conduct “business as usual” in the full glare of the public’s scrutiny.

  14. Sad To Say

    RC: It is “free money” as far as these bastards are concerned. The attitude is that the “others” got away with it so it is my turn to “cash in” now.

  15. Mike

    What about this private jet that the PM is flying around in. Does anyone know anything about that?

  16. How is it possible for this government to award such a contract without inviting proposals from all interested qualified firms/ engineers.
    Is it not government policy that all contracts over $20,000 must be open for tender?

    Wanna see what I mean by lousy unprofessional public servants now? THESE are the people that are to point out the rules and regulations AND TO RESIST SUCH UNPROFESSIONAL ACTIONS.

    If this is indeed a fact then we should unload a barrage of protest against the DLP that will teach them which god they are serving…

  17. ru4real

    Wanna see what I mean by lousy unprofessional public servants now? THESE are the people that are to point out the rules and regulations AND TO RESIST SUCH UNPROFESSIONAL ACTIONS.
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    LOL
    I’m so sorry BT but I have to agree with you again!

  18. @ru4real
    ..so how come you didn’t complain when the same public servants allowed Owen and Gline to bring on 3s without any competitive bids, tenders or even plans…. for hundreds of millions?
    …difference is – Bush tea is consistent!!!

  19. The Devil

    Have we heard about invitations to tender, etc for two 10 storied Gov’t buildings at Warrens to be built by Jada and Rotherly?

  20. third world

    make no mistake about it, these untendered jobs are an opprtunity for everyone in authority to make money especially the civil service at the top who must not only know but be complicit.

    There are no new ITAL rules by the DLP because there is too much opportunity to “tief”

  21. Sad To Say

    It is business as usual, at least so they believe. We, the people, must use the power of this forum to EXPOSE these crooks to the world. The only reason many of the Ds cannot be labeled as crooks is becuase they have not been given the opportunity to show their hand.

    Does ANYONE know why Denis Lowe was moved from his ministry? I know. I saw the document. Dr. Lowe via FAX asked a contractor how much he was prepared to pay him. What an IDIOT!!! BFP where are your investigagtive reporters. These jokers in government are behaving as though they do not see themself being in government beyond 2012/ 2013,

  22. reality check

    Sad to Say

    sorry to say you may have called it right on the good Dr Lowe.

    As with the latest Governor in Illinois and the former PM who view public office as a business and not public service, the power is too great a temptation for some not to try and fill their pockets.

    The interesting question is why did David Thompson leave Dr Lowe in a cabinet position?

    Ther are a whole host of tainted and suspect politicians and bureaucrats who are known to be on the take.

    Are we not suppose to be cleaning house and moving these people out of their positions of power?

    Do the citizens of Barbados who have overwhelmingly supported a New National Park at Graeme Hall deserve the best leadership that is possible in Environment rather than a suspect and emasculated politician who has been set up to fail?

    What is the agenda in this appointment?

  23. ru4real

    sBush tea is consistent!!!
    ——————————–
    I AGREE AGAIN!
    Bush Tea consistent talks bulls***!!!!

  24. ru4real

    Sorry folks,I meant of course BT consistently talks BS
    -its getting late.

  25. Eye95

    SBS

    The money paid for the Law of the Sea hearing is completely different to what will now form part of the fatted calf doctrine – that is, find ways how to put money in DLP members pockets.

    Because of the money spent, as regards the law of the sea, even without finding a drop of oil, Barbados has already earned over $40 million from companies paying for data.

    This country could now be earning millions if this incompetent DLP government did not cause Barbados oil exploration programme to run aground.

    Here is the issue!

    Who was the person who attempted to build a bridge in St. Kitts that collapsed – resulting in the lost of life. Let me give you a big hint: AP!

    Still do not get it? Ask Abdul Pandor if he knows!

    The problem with the ABC highway is simple. The “things” which the water is supposed to run into, especially going down hill by Bussa – is too narrow.

    The second point is! You have to trap the water that runs down from St. George and across or the highway.

    If Pandor is redesigning the highway, let us hope to God that there are no bridges involved.

  26. Eye95

    What is this nonsense about $20 million? Did Thompson not say that Pandor would head the new Drainage Unit?

    Was a post created in the Public Service. Were applications invited from the public to fill it? Is Pandor a Contractor at the same time?

    Weren’t there already engineers at the MTW?

    What is the scope of work? When did the Tender Notice appear in the paper? Which issue and on what dates.

    Who tendered and who were short listed. Who sat on the Tenders’ Committee; when did it meet and on which days.

    Let us start there! Talk about Freedom of Information! What a joke!

  27. Sad To Say

    Reality Check

    I am told that Dr. Lowe was scheduled to get his walking papers but Dr. Dugid messed up bt going to the NATION ahead of time – remember when there was the front page article stating that Thompson was not happy with Lowe’s performance. This apparantly made Thompson do a double take. ‘

    BFP you need to have your correspondents get to the bottom of this story.

  28. Jukecheckedeyskirt

    No No No, I hate to believe that my Prime Minister of Integirty, Transparency, Accountablility Legislation is associated with conduct that is becoming of that of the last administration. NO NO NO I shall not believe it. I shall not be moved by these new revelations although I am convinced that members of his administration are no different to the Lynches, Clarkes, Owing and others of the other ITAL i.e. I Tell All Lies. NO NO NO I ain’t believing nothing wunna saying about my beloved Prime Minister. Mr Thompson say it ain’t so! SAY IT AIN’T SOOOO ):>( !!!!!!!!!!!

  29. ru4real

    The problem with the ABC highway is simple. The “things” which the water is supposed to run into, especially going down hill by Bussa – is too narrow.

    The second point is! You have to trap the water that runs down from St. George and across or the highway.
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    In fact nothing really to do with the ABC highway at all.
    These are areas outside of the ABC highway which should be the within the normal remit of MPT.

  30. Eye95

    ru4real says:

    “In fact nothing really to do with the ABC highway at all.

    These are areas outside of the ABC highway which should be the within the normal remit of
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    My point exactly!

    What is that $20 million for? Could it have to do with pay-back for general election funding?

    Is this more of the same and similar to the real reason why bottle gas remains high?

    Does this also highlights the reason why a man got a change of use for 80 acres of agricultural land – in less than five days from Thompson – when he could not get it for 14 years under Arthur?

    And this government talks abour An Agriculture Protection Act? This DLP Government is more corrupt than it alleged the former government was.

    We are being told that Cost-U-Less will mean cheap prices but the person who will benefit most is Hartley Blagojevich on whose land the structure will be place. He will earn a cool $10 million in less than five years.

    Then there is the scenario where all public servants except (Mr. Baloney) who obviously has special tickets to the fatted calf buffet – will have to settle for a 10.5 per cent pay increase.

    Are Hartley Blagjoverich and Abdul Blagojevich related?

  31. ru4real

    What is that $20 million for? Could it have to do with pay-back for general election funding?
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    hmmmmmmmmmmm

  32. ru4real

    Looks like its not what you know but who you know.

  33. The more things change the more they remain the same. Interestingly, I recently asked a minister if he still pays attention to these blogs and he remarked that he had no time for that. This is the same individual who in 2007 stated that the blogs were an excellent gauge of the people’s sentiments and was a reflection of their frustrations, blah blah.The more things change…………………….

  34. Jukecheckedeyskirt

    BFP can you please answer this question. If the current government is no different than the last government, who are we going to vote for in the next general election?

    *********************

    BFP says,

    Wishing that Thompson and the DLP were honest and are changing things for the better will not work.

    Going back to the BLP will not work.

    Perhaps it is time to admit we have failed as an independent state? (said tongue in cheek, of course)

    IT IS TIME FOR PEOPLE OF INTEGRITY TO BAND TOGETHER.

  35. Eye95

    While we are on the subject of the DLP government passing money to those who finance its 2008 general election campaign, will someone please tell Barbadians why a barrel of oil on the world market is today US$65.80 lower that when the BLP was in office, yet bottle gas costs $25.72 more?

    Is this pay back for the $3 million Simpson is said to have put in the DLP’s election pot?

  36. Fairplay

    To put this in some sort of order.

    July – Government breaks contract with 3S for allegedly not having a contract.

    Although phase I of the highway project is almost completed work grinds to a halt July – October .

    The new un named company takes over and takes five months redesigning the highway .

    December Civil servants find out the price will be 20 million for design costs

    Even to a non technical person it is clear to that the new designs are no more than an extention of the double highway with the barriers in the middle.
    A very costly re design.

    To sack one company for no good reason and employ another for no good reason to do the same thing is madness.

  37. ru4real

    To sack one company for no good reason and employ another for no good reason to do the same thing is madness.
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    Dats how de cookie crumbles ain’t no fair play Fairplay.You scratch my back an I’ll scratch yurs.

  38. My kingdom for FOI!

    (It’s a very small kingdom, mind you…)

  39. BA/7

    FOI is only step number one before conflict of interest rules and penalties. They all have to work together and there are working models all over the free world.

    Thompy promised them in first 100 days. It could have been done if he was serious but it was all show.

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  41. Isambard

    How Much?

    BFP is too coy .

    Twenty Seven Million dollars.

  42. Barnabas Collins

    Well Well…Change!! Did not take long for the nepotism to start. To coin a phrase, the more things change the more thy remain the same.

  43. ru4real

    Yup but he is a BAPE member so there is at least silence from that department who will conveniently forget their previous BS and nitpicking.
    Ain’t exactly rushing to finish the road though are they?

  44. ru4real

    In todays Advocate Abdul Pandor’s company PES is going to do more on the road project with even bigger roundabouts (3 lanes) to improve the flow of traffic on the ABC highway.
    Will some engineer please explain to me how making bigger roundabouts will improve the flow?

  45. Isambard

    Stupse!
    Its very clear it will improve the flow of $$$$ into Mr Abdul Pandors bank account.

  46. ru4real

    Thanks for nothing!
    Tts the technical aspects that interest me.

  47. Tell me Why

    In todays Advocate Abdul Pandor’s company PES is going to do more on the road project with even bigger roundabouts (3 lanes) to improve the flow of traffic on the ABC highway.
    …………………………………………………………………………………..
    Wider roundabouts simply will not improve traffic flow. It is about time Government stops feeding its political lackeys and friends and start operating in a professional manner. The areas approaching all roundabouts should be two lanes that could be used as green areas with manicured grass and flowering plants. What we are seeing are areas that can accommodate four cars with the worst road marking that I have come across.

    I am saying that it would be cheaper, prudent and based with common sense to extend the triangles instead of expanding the roundabouts.

    Take for instant the Life of Barbados section going to the roundabout. The section marked to go Sheraton and the section marked to go around the roundabout leave motorists in stitches, simply because of no room to maneuver. The problem also exist by the Polytechnic and the outside lane going down to Cable & Wireless.

    Where is the transparency with Pandor/Government. Wider roundabouts my arthritic foot. Let’s see the studies before feeding the fatted calf.

  48. ru4real

    Victor you are so right.
    I have been saying this all along.
    The road widening is of absolutely no use because the problem is the roundabouts.
    But heck it appears that the flyovers are going ahead after all .
    Tenders designs or transparency?
    No way its all cut and dried.
    No brain surgeons needed to guess whose going to build them.

  49. ru4real

    Is it possible this was published by order of the present government to soften up Bajans- to the fact that all they said about the flyovers previously was lies and electioneering and that overpasses are the best solution.

    Published on: 11/12/08.

    IT IS MY DISTINCT PLEASURE to comment on the issue of highways in Barbados.

    I grew up in Barbados as a young man and most recently lived in Alaska and the Seattle, Washington area of the United States.

    There are several solutions to the congestion problems that plague Bridgetown, chief among which is the moving of traffic out of Bridgetown, during rush hour or in an emergency, and the moving of traffic around the island at large.

    I am aware of the ABC Highway but with the way the island has been developed historically and in recent decades, I wonder if much thought has been given to the long-term improvement of traffic patterns, and indeed, industrial and passenger movement around the island that does not need to involve Bridgetown.

    The solution I offer involves the planning, design and construction of significant highway structures and their long-term maintenance.

    I welcome discussing these ideas and plans with relevant authorities and Government agencies.

    – GRANTLEY VAUGHN

  50. fairplay

    Who is this Grantley Vaughn? There was another letter from this guy in the Nation a few days ago talking about slave mentality.
    It seems very unusual that he had no inkling that there was already an ongoing or not ongoing road project involving structures.

  51. ru4real

    Man that’s what I’m saying how come he knows nothing less he bin living in an igloo up there in Alaska.

    Its just paving the way for the about turn.

  52. Fairplay

    This is being kept very quiet nothing in the media.

  53. Isambard

    ‘stop the rot’ says Thompson in the Advocate .
    Thompson appoints Abdul Pandor to investigate ‘costs over runs’ of the ABC highway.

  54. ru4real

    More biased and rubbish reporting from the Advocate obviously put out on behalf of the government.

    There were no ‘cost over runs’ only costs incurred by increased scope of works as requested by the Ministry.

    What qualifications does Mr Pandor have as an investigator- wont this be a ‘conflict of interests’ now that his company is doing the road work?

    Flim flam to cover the fact that the original project was sabotaged for political reasons nothing more.

  55. Sad To Say

    Thompson needs to comec clean. How much is Pandor being paid and were others invited to tender for the redesign of the highway?

  56. ru4real

    Strange how Bape is being so quiet nowadays.

  57. ru4real

    From The nation
    Date February 03, 2009

    MY OPINION of our new double lane highway is that it was a waste of the taxpayers’ money.

    It has not made any improvement to the traffic congestion on our roads.

    Cancelling the buildingof the flyovers was a major short-

    MY OPINION of our new double lane highway is that it was a waste of the taxpayers’ money.

    It has not made any improvement to the traffic congestion on our roads.

    Cancelling the buildingof the flyovers was a major short-sighted mistake.

    The whole idea of the Barbados Labour Party was to have a complete highway from Top Rock to Warrens that was drivable with no stops or unnecessary diversions, like the traffic flow around the Wildey area that takes you off the highway to go around a block of buildings and then back onto the highway.

    Please, someone explain the point of this? The Warrens area is in desperate need of over passes and the junction at Upton and BET hill is a death trap, where three sets of traffic have to all merge into four lanes.

    Fast moving traffic

    Having a pedestrian crossing over four lanes of fast moving traffic is a crazy idea. How many people will have to be knocked down before someone decides that the sensible thing to do is build a walk-over?

    Barbadian drivers also need to be taught how to use a double lane road. The lane to be driving in is not determined by which direction you are turning at the roundabout.

    You should drive in the left lane and overtake in the right lane only; when you are finished overtaking, you move back into the left lane. Then when you approach the roundabout you change lanes according to which way you want to turn.

    This way, if you have two cars driving side by side at 40 kilometres it does not cause a build-up behind them and drivers will not be tempted to zig zag in and out of the traffic to get ahead of slow moving drivers.

    I know the road is not completed, but I don’t see how it can possibly be an improvement when the traffic is just as bad, if not worse than before!

    – NIGEL RICHINGS

  58. ru4real

    The topic of the ABC highway seems to have disappeared .

    Not surprizing after John Boyce pathetic statements in the media recently .

    Anyone over the age of three would find difficulty in believing he actually lives here.

    Does the man always put on rose coloured glasses before he leaves the house?

    The ABC highway is now a botched up patched up expensive mess up.

  59. rasta man

    can someone tell me how a simple walkover can cost $ 2 million. Don’t know if it is US or Bajan.
    Also anyone know what the private wall by BET /UPTON junction is costing?

  60. John

    Passed that wall a couple of days ago and was amazed to see a worker sprawled out on his back on a plank in the scaffolding, half way up the wall with his two hands dangling.

    At first I thought he had fallen and was hurt but then I realised it was the itis that had him, …. and this was just before 11:30am.

    Some of the other guys were standing about on the scaffolding but others were working so I knew he could not have been hurt.

    Wonder how he got through the after lunch session of his work day.

    Wish I had a camera at the time, … the scene had to be seen to be believed.

  61. Nostardamus

    “The ABC highway is now a botched up patched up expensive mess up.”
    Ru4real, if there had been a publicly advertised request for proposals and tender process everything would have been far more transparent.

    But we all know the reason why such process was not followed.

  62. Nostardamus:

    Get your act together boy.

    Misspelling your handle plays into the hands of the highway robbers.

    Two years late and a half arsed attempt at a modern highway.

    Tell it like it is.

  63. ru4real

    @ Nostard?

    Sorry

    That lame horse wont run anymore.

    The same old tune has been playing far too long.

    The former Administration saw the problem got the correct solution and put it into action.

    From day on the plan was mocked ridiculed slandered and deliberately delayed for political reasons only at the expense of the road traveling public.

    Internationally experienced traffic engineers came and carried out a thorough traffic study in a completely professional and totally transparent manner.

    The traffic study was disregarded and its existence is now denied ( transparency?)by MPT who carried on their agenda to hamper and sabotage the project.

    No doubt it will surface again at some time in the future when it becomes politically expedient.

    Despite this the work was carried out in the face of this opposition to the highest standards using local subcontractors,
    under the supervision of engineers experienced in bridge and road building to international standards.

    Throughout the project BAPE’s only contribution to this has been an agenda of attrition for reasons that can only be described as sour grapes.

    In addition the MPW department who have undermined and delayed and actively worked against the project completion to the best (!) of their ability.In order one can only surmise to embarrass the previous administration.Their actions had a significant impact on the costs of the project again at the expense of the public purse.

    The culmination of this debacle was the illegal dismissal of the contractors 3S for no other reason than political grandstanding in the last few weeks of phase one of the project.

    The results are as can be seen.
    There traffic situation is unaltered the roundabouts the primary cause of the bottle necks on the ABC highway are still the problem.
    The addition of extra lanes does NOT solve the problem in any way and only adds to the confusion.

    The results can be seen by all and no amount of hackneyed propaganda can detract from the fact that the present authorities have messed up big time.

    They had the solution
    They had the expertise
    They had the wherewithall
    They blew it.