MEC will investigate multi-million rand housing project

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Free State Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) MEC, Sisi Ntombela, said she will investigate the state of a multi-million rand project that is running two years behind schedule.

She reacted to a statement by Democratic Alliace MPL, Leona Kleynhans, during the last sitting of the provincial legislature for the year.

She lambasted the department for delivering 11 000 incomplete house during the financial year and said the housing project in Thabong, Welkom forms part of this incomplete projects.

Kleynhans said the R220m project was awarded to a company – Mafuri Turnkey Projects – for the development of  728 community residential units.

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These were to replace asbestos-roof houses in the area, but two years later no construction have taken place. All the houses that need to be replaced however were demolished.

Kleynhans says the non-delivery of the contractor – that was clearly not prepared for such a big project and suffered internal problems – was discovered during an in loco oversight visit to the area.

Ntombela welcomed that the situation was brought to her attention and said she will investigate the matter and respond to the statement.

Cathy Dlodlo/Courant News