DURBAN tycoon Daniel “Jay” Singh, through his family, is a real estate baron who owns multiple city properties. The family have business interests throughout the province and country wide in mining, retail, transport, property development, construction and even vehicle repairs. The majority of the companies are run through his son Ravi Jagadasan who is currently the director of 24 companies including Rectangle Property Investments, which owns the site in Tongaat where the mall under construction collapsed. Singh’s foray into building a mall is nothing new with his family already operating a mall in Phoenix and supermarkets as far as Vryheid. Singh’s wife, Shireen Annamalay, is also a director of Gralio Precast. Gralio Precast was earlier this year singled out in the 7 000-page document called the Manase Forensic Report for undertaking “shoddy” building work on housing projects in Verulam and Tongaat. The report cost the taxpayer R15 million to complete. It investigated irregular metro tenders and found that Durban should sever ties with Gralio Precast and seek to recover its money — after it found “shoddy” construction and massive cost overruns. Despite this, the company continued to bag massive tenders and rack up contracts totalling R585 million. Singh (49) is also the former head of Durban’s public bus network, Remant Alton, previously Durban Transport. The Witness has established that Hazedew — which is run by Singh’s son — has this month been awarded an additional R9 million contract, on top of its R352 million tender to build the Hammond Farm housing development in Verulam.