Mkondeni firms angered by tardy road building

2009-10-05 00:00

ROAD construction in Shortts Retreat near Mkondeni has angered business people in the area.

The business people say the slow construction process is having a major impact on their businesses, despite assurances from the contractors that the disruption will be at a minimum.

They say the construction of the road, which apparently began more than a month-and-half ago, is costing them a fortune.

Tyran Govender who is the manager of Dukwah’s Fresh Produce, one of the affected businesses, said he has been more than patient with DNA Structures, the company responsible for the construction.

He said his business, which supplies fruit and vegetables to retail stores in the city, is on the verge of losing money because it cannot keep its deadlines as a result of slow pace of construction.

He said: “This morning I have had no less than 60 calls from customers threatening to cancel their orders and take them elsewhere because we were late to deliver,” he said.

He cricised the slow pace of construction and said the company is taking a long time to build a small patch of a road.

“These people [the contractors] need to realise that big businesses are located in this area and this is negatively impacting on them.”

Govender said they are disappointed that DNA Structures has failed to keep its promise of ensuring that the impact was kept to a minimum.

Nolusindiso Mbande, the owner of the DNA Structures, said she had sorted out the problem with the business people. She said the slow pace is due to a number of factors, but did not elaborate.

She said her company is working as fast as it can to complete the road.

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