Fur­ther de­lay in Em­pan­geni water pipe­line up­grade

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Or­rin Singh

THE EM­PAN­GENI water pipe­line up­grade project is ex­pected to ex­pe­ri­ence fur­ther de­lays.

The city pre­vi­ously noted that the R40-mil­lion project, which en­tails re­plac­ing the old as­bestos pipes be­tween Em­pan­geni and Ng­welezana, was sched­uled to be com­pleted by the end of June.

How­ever, uMh­lathuze spokesper­son Mdu Ncalane this week con­firmed that the city would be ter­mi­nat­ing its agree­ment with the cur­rent con­trac­tor who has been in charge of the project since it be­gan last year.

‘We are in the process of ter­mi­nat­ing the con­tract as the con­trac­tor has failed to meet the re­quired dead­line. The city will em­ploy a new con­trac­tor to com­plete the job,’ said Ncalane.

The project has been plagued by de­lays and has had busi­ness own­ers in the CBD up in arms over open trenches and poor man­age­ment of the project as a whole.

The city pre­vi­ously apolo­gied to busi­nesses which have been af­fected by the on­go­ing project.

Peo­ple in Em­pan­geni’s CBD have be­come used to see­ing open trenches and warn­ings of deep ex­ca­va­tions as the water up­grade project con­tin­ues Or­rin Singh

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