Woe rages on

2015-05-05 06:00

“The bricks are skew and it’s a disgrace.”

This is the message from South Peninsula councillors to City of Cape Town officials regarding the incomplete work along Glencairn Main Road.

The project has been a thorn in the side of councillors for almost a year after a labour dispute with the contractor led to workers downing tools on the project valued at just over R4m.

The issue first arose in April when workers from Red Hill, Ocean View and Masiphumelele claimed they would not work until they were paid.

The tender was awarded to Likhanyile, a Johannesburg-based company.

In January, councillor Simon Liell-Cock raised concern about the City’s Supply Chain Management department and said the tender was awarded to a company seemingly not capable of carrying out the work (“Work hits a wall”, People’s Post, 27 January). Speaking at the March subcouncil meeting, chairperson Felicity Purchase didn’t hold back as she voiced her dissatisfaction with the incomplete work.

“I am not happy about this project. There have been several labour issues and the bricks are skew. It’s disgraceful. The containers left on the site were broken into and equipment stolen. Take that message back,” she said.

Brett Herron, City mayco member for transport, says the transport department is not aware of the theft of equipment and says Likhanyile is still responsible and liable for all materials and equipment on site.

“If any person or councillor has information or evidence of theft of City property they should provide this to us urgently,” he explains.

In January, he said the City was not yet looking for a new contractor as the dispute between the parties had not yet been resolved, and has been referred for mediation in accordance with the agreement between the parties. Herron says about 60% of the work was completed.


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