Project ‘abandoned’

2016-06-08 06:00
THE information board for the construction project for the upgra-ding of roads, amongst others, in Botshabelo. Photos: Teboho Setena

THE information board for the construction project for the upgra-ding of roads, amongst others, in Botshabelo. Photos: Teboho Setena

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AN abandonedmultimillion-rand project to tar roads and upgrade storm-water drainage in Botshabelo is yet to resume after the main contractor abandoned it November last year.

The contractor, Kulu Civils, has its headquarters in Durban and Johannesbug.

Sections of the road are incomplete, some tarred for a stretch of about 200 m.

Scores of locals, men and women starved for jobs, who were contracted for the 12-month duration of the project, have been left in the lurch too – with some claiming they are owed wages for two months.

Disgusted workers told Express that they had been attending a series of meetings without getting satisfactory answers as to when the project would restart and whether they would be paid wages owed or not.

They have been waiting since January this year. As frustration builds, local taxi owners decided to open the incomplete road for the public to use – complaining bitterly that the delay had negatively affected their business.

Express’s efforts to get comments regarding the abandoned road project and the situation of the workers were futile.

Neither the Mangaung Metro Municipality nor Kulu Civils would respond.

It is understood that the abandoned road project is part of the Mangaung Metro’s upgrading and rehabilitation projects budgeted for R389,8 million for the 2017-’18 financial term as announced by Thabo Manyoni, Mangaung Metro mayor.

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