Rank still not opened

Con­trac­tors al­lege EMLM has not paid

The Rep - - FRONT PAGE - SIVENATHI GOSA

WHILE the in­ter­modal trans­port rank in Ko­mani re­mains closed a year af­ter com­ple­tion, the com­pany which had been re­spon­si­ble for its con­struc­tion has claimed that it has not yet been paid.

The BIAAH Con­sor­tium Con­struc­tion Com­pany held a press brief­ing re­lated to the non-pay­ment of the com­pany at the rank on Tues­day.

Enoch Mgi­jima Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity (EMLM) of­fi­cials were not present at the meet­ing de­spite it be­ing de­clared an open meet­ing.

The Rep re­ported (“Still closed” March 10 2017) that the taxi rank, which cost an es­ti­mated R35-mil­lion, re­mained in­op­er­a­tional, to the dis­may of taxi bod­ies and hawk­ers, the lat­ter who ex­pected to be ac­com­mo­dated at the rank.

BIAAH Con­sor­tium so­cial fa­cil­i­ta­tor Michael Nt­wasa said the bulk of the rank work had been com­pleted by May last year. The project stand­ing com­mit­tee had since been writ­ing to the EMLM en­quir­ing why the taxi rank was not yet func­tion­ing, but to no avail.

“It is re­ally frus­trat­ing, be­cause van­dal­ism is al­ready oc­cur­ring in the vicin­ity. The EMLM ex­pects us to travel to Ko­mani and in­spect the place, which is costly. In March this year, they wanted us to sub­mit an in­voice, promis­ing that they would pay, which did not hap­pen,” Nt­wasa said.

He said the com­pany had since in­formed the mu­nic­i­pal­ity that it would stop its ser­vices on the project as pay­ment had not been made.

Nt­wasa said it was a “sad” sit­u­a­tion which also af­fected ar­chi­tects, quan­tity sur­vey­ors and other busi­nesses in­volved in the project.

He said an e-mail had since been re­ceived from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, call­ing for a progress re­port, but that this would not be done un­til pay­ment had been made.

“We have given them 10 work­ing days un­til we take the le­gal route.”

Ques­tions were sent to the EMLM on Tues­day, with spokesman Fundile Feket­shane say­ing they still needed to talk to the tech­ni­cal ser­vices de­part­ment as the strike was only con­cluded yes­ter­day.

At the time of go­ing to press, no com­ment had been re­ceived.

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