Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Juju's Dodgy R27 Million Bridges

Hat Tip: P.I.G.

This article follows hot on the heels of how Malema made his millions.

AT LEAST three of several multi-million-rand bridges and roads built by Julius Malema’s company in ­Limpopo were washed away within weeks of their completion. (Nooo!! Really? I never saw that coming)

Now affected communities are ­demanding that authorities force SGL Engineering Projects to repair the shoddily built projects or take ­legal steps to recoup money spent on them.

City Press this week visited several projects developed by SGL – a ­company in which Malema holds majority shares – in Thengwe ­village, Mutale municipality in the Vhembe district; Tzaneen and ­Modjadjiskloof in the Mopani ­district as well as Lebowakgomo township at the Lepelle-Nkumpi municipality in the Capricorn district.

Apart from what appears to be poor workmanship in some cases, a section of locals employed to work on the projects complained that they were not paid for their services. (Par for the course)

Other communities accused local politicians and municipal officials of having ignored repeated concerns raised about SGL’s sub-standard work.

ANC and municipal officials told City Press that some of the municipalities, including Greater Letaba municipality and Mopani district municipality, had paid SGL upfront ­before work was started on the projects. However, both municipalities denied paying SGL upfront.

Greater Letaba ­­Municipa­lity

At Kgapane Township, about 120km east of Polokwane, only a portion of one of the two bridges constructed last year are still in place.

A bridge built at the township’s Meloding Section is effectively a hill of soil covered with pavement. It has no concrete layers.

Residents said heavy rains in January swept it away just a few weeks after it was finished.

A young mother who lives across the bridge, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of possible victimisation, said the bridge was built in a manner that made it impossible for cars to access her house.

“As you can see, cars cannot access my house because the trenches on the side of the bridge were not filled. It is just bad,” she said.

SGL was paid R27.9?million to build two bridges and a 14km stretch of street pavement.

Robert Mahashe (49), a commu­nity leader in Kgapane Township, said residents were not satisfied ­because almost all of the sub-contractors “abandoned their projects or did shoddy work”.

“Even the premier (Cassel Mathale) is aware of this problem. I wrote a letter to his office last year but received no reply. I raised the same concerns with the former mayor, Joshua Matlou, but he also did not reply,” Mahashe said.

Greater Letaba municipality mayor Godfrey Modjadji conceded that the bridge had collapsed, saying it “was affected by rain and we have since called them (SGL) back to repair it”.

Lepelle-Nkumpi ­Municipality

At Lebowakgomo Zone A, 60km south-east of Polokwane, one of the roads SGL built in 2008 was washed away by rain within days of completion, according to residents.

The 5km road is now riddled with potholes and part of it has been reduced to gravel.

SGL was paid R600?000 for the project and the municipality was forced to withhold R1.3?million of the R1.9?million payment “due to poor performance by the contractor”.

Resident Nelly Ramoshaba (60) said heavy rains damaged the road days after its completion and that the company must return to ­repair it.

“It is taxpayers’ money. We have been complaining about the road at every community meeting but nothing has been done,” she said.

Shimani Sethoga (25), an ANCYL member and local building contractor, said: “As ANCYL members we asked the local councillor why the road was recorded as quality and paid for but he told us to shut up.”

Mutale Municipality

A landfill site at Thengwe village in the Mutale municipality, about 250km north-east of Polokwane – which SGL was supposed to have completed on June 30 2007 – remains incomplete.

When City Press visited the site on Wednesday three men – Geoffrey Mabila (23), Thendo Ndou (21) and Emmanuel Singo (22) – were busy filling a trench. They were hired over the weekend by a local subcontractor to complete the abandoned project.

While the site has been fenced off with concrete walls and a security guard room nothing much has been done inside. The guard room’s windows and door have been vandalised. SGL was paid R490?000 for the project.

Kgomotso Racheku (25), one of the 16 locals employed by SGL for phase two of the Kgapane bridge and street paving projects, said the company still owed him more than R3?000.
He said he worked for the company for about 16 months until last year.

“We are disappointed but there is nothing we can do,” said Racheku.

“We have been complaining about this matter for a long time. We even reported it to the local councillors but nothing happened.”

A provincial legislature document shows that eight of the 35 municipalities in the province awarded contracts worth R140 million to SGL between 2007 and last year.

The municipalities denied paying SGL upfront, saying the company was paid “as and when an invoice is submitted in terms of the progress”.

Source: City Press

6 Opinion(s):

Lime said...

Huge surprise!

Anonymous said...

What is the point of highlighting this incident?
We know corruption and fraud are the order of the day in the new arseania, but we also know that, despite bringing these cases to the attention of all concerned, nothing will ever happen to put the record straight. These people are a law unto themselves, literally. They are above the law of the common man, and they will do as they please. No amount of squealing will make them behave any differently.
So get with the programme. If you can´t beat ´em, join ´em. Get in the trough with them and get your fair share. The rainbow nation is about every man for himself. Fuck the next guy. Defraud him, rob him, fuck his wife, and rape his daughter.
It´s the way of the kaffir and any white man who stays amongst kaffirs will end up like them.
So shut up with the squealing, or get out of that shit hole. The choice is yours.

VI said...

@Anon 18:11. If we didn't highlight the kak, we wouldn't have anything to write about.

But seriously; a lot a whites are emulating the examples set by the blacks. I am certain many whites are fiddling their taxes, shifting money out and screwing the cat to the maximum. One of the byproducts of this behaviour is that it becomes entrenched. You will meet many South Africans overseas, that still think that way, and this may be the reason that most of us are very selective when seeking to do business with other South Africans.

FishEagle said...

I had a conversation with a delusional lefty about the 'mashup' of cultures in South Africa. According to him 'mashing up' is a good thing. He even conceded that, according to him, a loss of diversity will be good for the sake of SA nationalism. Using Die Antwoord as an example, he said they represented a fringe between two cultures in South Africa - coloureds and whites - and gave expression to our future nationalistm, which should grow from these fringes in cultures. The thing that he missed about their music, which is so blatantly in your face, is the incredible anger that they express. Maybe he's still too excited about the popularity of a South African band to notice. There is that kill word again, "popularity."

Anonymous said...

@VI: You can say that again, about South Africans screwing over everyone else. MTN, Vodacom and Cell C are screwing over contract clients to the absolute max before interconnection fees get cut in April. That's just for example. You'd best be careful doing any business with a South African.

Viking said...

great comment, FE !

Diversity is great as long as they keep it on their own damn side of the fence away from me lol