Contractors' poor performance delays Mamelodi temporary housing project

2021-Aug-17   06:21

Contractors' poor performance delays Mamelodi temporary housing project
Mamelodi temporary residential units (TRUs) are yet to be completed due to “poor performance of the appointed contractors”.
Source: Gomolemo Mothomogolo/Newsnote

- Gomolemo Mothomogolo

Mamelodi temporary residential units (TRUs) are yet to be completed due to “poor performance of the appointed contractors”. 

The TRUs project was part of government's plan to reduce overcrowding at the congested Mamelodi hostel in an attempt to fight the spread of COVID-19. 

When the project was launched over a year ago, the price tag for the units stood at R64-million for 1000 units. 

But government has since missed numerous deadlines and Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality had now downscaled the project and plans to build only 600 units. 

When Newsnote visited the site on Monday the project was still incomplete. Some steels meant for the project were rusting away while the wooden flooring was damaged by the rain. 

Construction workers also said some contractors left without paying employees' salaries. 

Community leader, Aspen Makung, has called for a probe into the project, saying there must be accountability for money spent on the housing units.  

In June this year City of Tshwane said it has already spent over R35-million on 367 units erected as part of the project.  

Hostel dwellers are still living in the same condition despite government declaring the hostels overcrowded.

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