ZCCI con­cern over Em­pan­geni CBD up­grade de­lays

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Muzi Zin­c­ume

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.

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