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City retention dam project halted after service provider’s contract terminated

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There has been slow progress on the Club 2000/Kagisho retention dam project and alleged non-compliance by the contractor.

Work at the Club 2000/Kagisho retention dam has ground to a halt after the main contractor was issued with a notice to stop work with immediate effect apparently due to slow progress and non-compliance with the issuing of guarantees. Picture: Soraya Crowie

WORK at the Club 2000/Kagisho retention dam has been halted following the termination of the service provider’s contract, apparently due to slow progress on the project and non-compliance with the issuing of guarantees.

The main contractor was issued with a notice on Thursday last week to stop work with immediate effect and remove his machinery from the site.

Ten workers from the area – Club 2000, Kagisho and John Daka – who were selected to work on the project tried to prevent the contractor from removing the rest of his equipment on Friday, due to concern over their payments, but failed in their efforts.

Sol Plaatje Municipality spokesperson Sello Matsie said on Tuesday that a replacement contractor will be appointed to complete the project and the new contractor will continue to make use of the current workers.

The workers had signed a three-month contract with the original contractor.

Matsie said a revised construction programme with a new completion date will be submitted by the new contractor before commencement of the project.

“Supply chain management will expedite the process to ensure that we have a new contractor on site by mid August 2021,” said Matsie.

The local ward 8 councillor, Charles Ngoma, said on Tuesday he hoped the process to appoint a new contractor would be sped up, because it is delaying the process of appointing more people from the community to work on the project.

Ngoma also raised concerns about safety at the dam as it has been left unattended.

Efforts to get comment from the contractor failed as the phone went unanswered.

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