R5.5 million in taxpayers’ money lost in failed Eastern Cape abattoir project

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This is what is left of the Cala abattoir facility that was built by the Chris Hani District Municipality more than a decade ago. Picture: Lubabalo Ngcukana
This is what is left of the Cala abattoir facility that was built by the Chris Hani District Municipality more than a decade ago. Picture: Lubabalo Ngcukana

A whopping R5.5 million of taxpayers’ money was wasted by an Eastern Cape municipality on a state-of-the-art abattoir, but the supposedly impressive infrastructure installed at the facility has fallen into disrepair.

The abattoir in the town of Cala in Sakhisizwe Local Municipality, Eastern Cape, was constructed in 2006 for the benefit of local farmers and communities, but it has never been used, despite being built to completion and equipped with all the necessary infrastructure.

Sakhisizwe Local Municipality is made up of the towns of Cala and Elliot, which are largely farming communities.

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