Govt floats airports upgrade tender

HARARE - The State Procurement Board has floated a tender for the upgrade of the Harare and Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo international airports’ navigation and communication systems.

In the Government Gazette published on Friday, the board invited bidders for the supply and installation of air traffic control (ATC) radar surveillance systems, navigational aid equipment and ATC communication programmes.

It also invited bids for “supply and installation of ATC training simulator.”

The tender — likely worth millions of dollars — will close on February 18, 2014.

According to the Gazette, there will be compulsory site visits of the Harare and Bulawayo airports on January 23 and 24 respectively.

This comes as Zimbabwe is battling to upgrade its antiquated transport infrastructure — consisting five modes, namely, road, rail, aviation, inland water and pipeline.

The aviation sub-sector comprises 10 airports, three of which are international airports in the capital Harare, second largest city Bulawayo and resort town of Victoria Falls.

The other airports are located at Kariba, Masvingo, Buffalo Range, Mutare, Gweru, Beitbridge and Charles Prince.

All the airports are managed by the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (Caaz), responsible for regulating the country’s airspace and air travel industry.

In 2012, Caaz invested $30 million in refurbishing the Harare airport.

Then, the authority said it would invest more in other airports’ facilities to keep them in line with international standards.

“To operationalise Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport (Bulawayo) we need something like $7 million, although it will not be totally complete,” Caaz chief executive David Chawota said.

The Bulawayo airport — with capacity to handle 1,5 million passengers per year — was commissioned in November last year following upgrade of some of its facilities.

“While the terminal is undergoing its final stages of completion, it has become absolutely necessary to operationalise the facility to allow the utilisation of already installed systems,” Caaz said following the commissioning.

Meanwhile, Chawota in 2012 said the Victoria Falls International Airport involved two new projects that were of international nature and would cost about $150 million to complete in 2014.

“Finishing the project involves a lot of things. The cost of putting up the tower costs between $6 million to $8 million,” he said.

Chawota added that smaller airports such as Buffalo Range and others required attention including the establishment of air space navigation infrastructure.

“We need to ascertain how much will be required to set up such infrastructure, the type of equipment, how many stations and the personnel needed for such an initiative,” he said.


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Clean Water - 16 January 2014

I will be surprised if the cost for both airports exceed $500000.00 kana kuti pachishona zviuru zvine mazamna mashanu

Muporofita Jeremiah - 17 January 2014

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Josiah Magama Tongogara - 20 January 2014

please im a st augustine high student and would like to request for some email addresses of harare airport so that we can contact them and get required information thank you

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