PORT ELIZABETH – The Makana Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape said on Thursday that Gift of the Givers had undertaken to do work entirely “on risk” in water scarce Makhanda.
The statement by the municipality comes after Gift of the Givers withdrew its services this week after it emerged that emergency funding provided by national government would only be paid to private contractors not to the relief organisation which rushed to the region’s aid in the midst of a crippling drought crisis.
The Makana Municipality said it had, on a number of occasions, engaged Gift of the Givers around possible solutions to find another funding mechanism whereby the organisation could be compensated for the work they had done, “cognisant of the fact that their work was undertaken entirely on risk”.
The municipality said that work undertaken by Gift of the Givers was done without thorough and rigorous due diligence that the municipality required of an outside contractor.
Gift of the Givers founder Imtiaz Sooliman had earlier said the organisation was advised that only companies from Makhanda would be