Residents fume over mess left by construction company

2014-09-25 00:00

THE Msunduzi Municipality intervened to get answers from a contractor who has left Ashdown frustrated at the mess they left behind.

Velaphi Cebekhulu, a resident of Ashdown, said he gave Kulu Civils permission to connect a pipe passing through his home, not knowing that the connection would cause a lot of damage to his property.

“My yard was damaged by the construction company in June last year. The construction workers destroyed my fence and garden,” he said.

Cebekhulu consulted his local councillor, Dumisani Phungula for help.

Joel Majozi, an Ashdown resident said, “My electricity was cut off after construction workers dug and connected a pipe near the driveway of my house in August. I had to apply for a new connection at Eskom.”

Ashdown ward councillor Dumisani Phungula said he has spoken to a community liaison officer for Kulu Civils, Nkosinathi Kubheka, who compiled a list of names of residents with damaged property.

Kulu Civils construction manager Musa Mazubane said the construction company is still currently working in the area, and roads will be reinstated. “We will put a team in after the work is completed to repair all the damaged roads,” he said.

Mazubane also added that they were not issued a plan of the area by the municipality before commencing their duties.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said Kulu Civils had scheduled to commence the site rehabilitation from September 15, but experienced some cash flow challenges due to delayed payments in July.

“The necessary material to reinstate damaged fences had been delivered on site. The contractor indicated that some underground electrical cables had been damaged on Msimbithi Road and the damage was reported to Eskom and repairs were made, but some residents [turned out to be] fraudulently connected,” said Mafumbatha.

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