According to this Defenceweb article the two preferred bidders for Biro and Hotel are Damen and SAS respectively. http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?o ... Itemid=242
In my humble opinion this seems like a good way to go. Although I did think that Damen may have only been awarded the IPV part of Biro. I’m assuming the bare and basic hull of the OPV will be built in Europe (probably Romania like the Sarah Baartman) and then everything else done in Cape Town. I don’t think the yard in CT is big enough to build the proposed OPV design from scratch.
The IPV will surely have some commonality with the Damen Stan 4708 patrol vessels that the DAFF have. This would be cost-effective and make sense.
In terms of Hotel, and again in my humble opinion, I can imagine the hull and superstructure being built by SAS but a lot of the associated hydrographic equipment being supplied by overseas companies.
Let’s see how this all unfolds.