Contractor waits for municipality to pay up

2016-12-22 06:01

A BUILDING contractor says his last resort has been to approach the media in his bid to receive long overdue payment from Ray Nkonyeni Municipality (RNM) for a service his company rendered 16 months ago.

Elmar Basson of Anthony & Basson Development said his company initially completed a Margate south beach upgrade project in August 2014.

“The tender entailed applying paving and composite decking from Margate south beach up until Ramsgate,” said Basson.

“After completion of the final account, the final invoice and certificate was handed to the municipality on 9 January. Payment was only made on 25 November, 10 months later,” he said.

Basson said the municipality, still under the name of Hibiscus Coast Municipality at the time, asked the company to purchase material so that the full amount for the budget for the contract was spent.

“This was so that they (municipality) will have stock of materials to use for the maintenance of the walkways,” he said.

This material was ordered and delivered to RNM and an invoice for the amount of R30 000 was raised on 11 August 2015, meant to be paid within 30 days.

“To date this invoice has not been paid.”

“We have had several meetings with all the relevant parties. After the issue was not resolved, we eventually arranged a meeting with the head of the finance department in October,” said Basson.

Basson said he has been given many excuses as to why there is such a long delay in payment, ranging from the change of the municipality’s name, to there not being money in the 2016 budget to pay his company.

“Why is it necessary for us to resort to these drastic measures to get paid by local municipality?” he asked.

When contacted to give the municipality’s side of the story, Simon April, spokesperson for RNM said the issue was “unacceptable”.

“Firstly and generally speaking let me indicate that it is unacceptable that a service provider cannot be paid for such a long time after having done the job,” he said.

“I would like to however indicate that service providers or suppliers should guard against doing the job or supplying a service to the municipality without an official order number which is found in the official purchase order form,” he added.

April advised that any instruction for the service provider or supplier to do or supply a service to the municipality should be in writing and from a person with authority to do so.

“But all in all, this matter will be investigated and attended to with the urgency it deserves,” said April. At the time of going to press the matter had still not been resolved

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