The cable-stayed bridge is being built by a joint venture of Concor Infrastructure and Mota Engil Construction.

Concor said that all necessary measures having been put in place to ensure the health and safety of all stakeholders in the project.

The bridge over the Msikaba Gorge near Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape forms part of the N2 Wild Coast project being undertaken by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral).

It will have a main span of 580m supported from a pair of 127m-tall pylons. The deck will be 194m metres above the valley floor, making it the third highest bridge in Africa, eclipsed only by the existing Bloukrans Bridge with a height of 216m and the Mtentu Bridge which, when completed, will be 223m high.

Msikaba Bridge

Approach roads and the pylon foundations and anchor blocks for the Msikaba Bridge are under construction.

Concor Infrastructure managing director Eric Wisse said that the joint venture has overcome the initial community challenges through engagement strategies with the various stakeholders and businesses.

The remoteness of the project as well as the logistics of travelling from the northern side to the southern side - a three-hour drive – means that a cable way is being installed as part of the temporary works. “The cable car system will be used to transport people and small amounts of material from one side to the other,” said Wisse.