Sep 30, 2022

MEC Threatens To Blacklist Contractors For Building Poor-quality Houses

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Mr Cwaile addressing the province ahead of the 2021/2022 financial year.

FILE PHOTO: North West MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (Coghsta), Mmoloki Cwaile. PICTURE: BAKANG MOKOTO

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MAFIKENG: Mr Cwaile has assured that all the challenges will be addressed, including disclaimers by the Auditor-General.

Human Settlement and Traditional Affairs MEC, Mmoloki Cwaile has warned that his department will not hesitate to blacklist non-performing contractors on the Treasury’s database.

On Wednesday, Mr Cwaile addressing the province ahead of the 2021/2022 financial year.

Mr Cwaile warned non-performing contractors who use sub-standard or poor-quality materials for building houses that they will be charged with fraud and corruption.

“We state it unequivocally that we will not tolerate corruption under any circumstances. We will not tolerate shoddy work by our contractors.

“The department will not hesitate to blacklist non-performing contractors on the Treasury’s database for non-performance, fraud and corruption, barring them from getting tenders from the department.

“You cannot continue as if it’s business as usual. Consequence management will apply to those departmental officials who condone these acts, they will also face the full might of the law,” said Mr Cwaile.

Mr Cwaile says, over 280 000 houses have been constructed in the North West Province in the past 27 years of democracy and has acknowledged that citizens continuously experience service delivery challenges, especially with the slow delivery of housing.

He added that the provinces’ progress is also affected by backlogs and blocked projects, widespread mushrooming of informal settlements, land invasions, and a gross shortage of affordable rental stock, especially in areas where economic opportunities are located.

Toward this 2021/2022 financial year the Human Settlements department has vowed to construct 5 225 low cost houses, eradicating informal settlements, especially in mining areas, obtaining land to build townships and issuing of title deeds to low cost houses beneficiaries.

When he delivered the Human Settlements’ R1.8 billion budget to the provincial legislature in Mafikeng this week, Mr Cwaile has assured that all the challenges will be addressed, including disclaimers by the Auditor-General.

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