Anger at incomplete job

2011-01-14 00:00

COMMUNITY members of Odidini in Umbumbulu under Ward 1 of the Vulamehlo municipality have expressed their dissatisfaction with the uncompleted sports field that was supposed to be handed over to them in September last year.

According to Nosisa Ndlovu, a member of the ward committee, construction of the sports field came to a standstill near the end of last year due to the fact that there were no materials supplied for the workers to do their work.

Ndlovu and other members of the community now suspect that the more than R1,5 million allocated by the provincial Department of Sports and Recreation to build the stadium may have been misspent by the project managers and contractors since they are unable to buy materials to finish the stadium.

According to the statement received from the Vulamehlo municipal manager Msizi Zulu, the project commenced on April 1 and the contract’s end-date was estimated for September 1. Due to technical constraints the contractor could not be completed on time.

“The project is 80% complete and the contractor will deal with the snags,” said Zulu.

Some workers on the project are however angry due to the fact that they have not yet been paid their wages. Attempts to contact the contractor, Sivukile Construction, were unsuccessful.

Zulu added that the municipality is aware of the slow pace of the project and constantly engaged with the project managers and the contractor to speed up the project’s completion.

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