ZCCI concern over Empangeni CBD upgrade delays
THE Zululand Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ZCCI), Empangeni Division, has expressed its concern about the delay of completion of construction projects in the Empangeni CBD, as well as the recent hijacking of projects by the community at Alkantstrand.
Speaking at the organisation’s annual general meeting at the Empangeni Country Club last Tuesday, former chairman Mike Patterson said unfinished projects make it it difficult for pedestrians and especially senior citizens to walk freely and safely on the pavements.
‘The disruption and danger to all has been unacceptable. There is no control or attempts to mitigate the dangers and little consideration for the disruption caused to business and their customers,’ said Patterson.
He said businesses have lost turnover as customers took their business elsewhere.
He further raised concern over the hijacking of projects, such as a housing project in Alkantstrand.
Ward 23 Councillor Jacobus de Lange told the meeting that a new contractor had been appointed to complete the Empangeni CBD upgrade, but could not provide a completion date.
• Paula Leah of Master Builders was elected as Chairperson, with Patterson as Deputy Chairperson.