A lack of progress on National Development Plan implementation is killing off SA’s construction sector and hampering economic growth, says Master Builders’ Association North.
The youth of Khunwana village, in the North West, are set to be trained in housing construction skills that will change their lives, says North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo.
Residents in the North West town of Marikana, situated just east of Rustenburg, welcomed the donation of much needed housing earlier this year.
Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) is alarmed by the continuing water and sanitation challenges at Madibeng Local Municipality, in North West.
North West Premier Thandi Modise has officially opened the upgraded stretch of road between Sannieshof and Delareyville, which is set to make the movement of people and goods much easier.
Government has allocated R2.7 billion towards a grant aimed at addressing housing for mineworkers in identified mining towns.
The airport is currently undergoing a multimillion rand infrastructure upgrade to bring it into strict compliance with the regulations of the South African Civil Aviation Authority and the International Aviation Organisation.
OH, suffer the taxpayers, who are footing the bill to upgrade the road between Koster and Lichtenburg in North West and the many delays resulting from squabbles for tenders to fix it.
Four years and close to R200-million later, the upgrade will not be completed in August as promised. The deadline for the completion has been moved once again, this time to early next year.
Three contractors and a settlement later, the North West department of public works, roads and transport seems to have found another contractor to continue the spending spree.
Who benefits from these blunders, squabbles, delays and court cases? It is not the taxpayers nor road users. They are instead getting the short end of the stick while the government makes one costly mistake after another.
In February this year the North West government awarded Tau Pele Construction a R72.5-million contract to complete the upgrade.
This came after the department paid Down Touch Investment R27-million in an out-ofcourt settlement. Down Touch took over the project after shoddy work by Kaulani Civils, who had been awarded a R208-million contract to rehabilitate the road.
It makes you wonder what the actual cost of the upgrade is. Clearly, taxpayers are paying for more than just the upgrade of the road; they are paying to the upgrade the lives of individuals as well.