Contractors left out - ‘they don’t qualify’ - mayor

2017-06-30 06:00
Bhongweni road that remains unfiinished. Photo: siphelele nketo

Bhongweni road that remains unfiinished. Photo: siphelele nketo

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KOKSTAD contractors are pointing fingers at the Greater Kokstad Municipality for excluding them from local projects, like the Extension 7 and Bhongweni roads project, and giving the work to an Umzimkhulu contractor.
A contractor, who wishes to remain anonymous for safety reasons, told Fever the municipality does not “recognise them”, and is instead giving foreign contractors work.

However, at a briefing on June 14, Greater Kokstad Mayor, Bheki Mtolo told journalists that local contractors can forget about getting jobs in Kokstad projects because they don’t qualify.

He said the contractor who was awarded the tender to construct Kokstad roads will get other road construction tenders because he produced good results with previous projects.

“In 2015 an Umzimkhulu contractor was given a job to build Horseshoe roads and the job was done on time. Local contractors were excluded because they didn’t qualify,” said Mtolo.

He said local contractors must stop being jealous of Umzimkhulu contractors who get jobs in Kokstad, and said the Umzimkhulu contract company is not owned by a lazy man, like other contractors.

Mtolo denied “having a relationship” with the Umzimkhulu contractor when asked by journalists.
On Tuesday, some Kokstad contractors stopped the dumping site construction next to Mphela and workers were told to stop working, however after talks between the municipality and contractors, workers returned to work.

However, the construction of the Bhongweni road has come to a halt and motorists are struggling drive on it because it has been dug up and left in that state.
The new municipality manager Lulamile Mapholoba said the Bhongweni road contractor is facing some challenges, but work will resume on Monday.



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