CAPE TOWN – New contractors have been appointed and several management structures established to coordinate big projects since national government stepped in to unblock housing delivery in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.
Members of Parliament were briefed today on the progress made to fast-track service delivery in the metro, a hotly contested battle ground for 2016’s local government elections.
Minister Lindiwe Sisulu announced this year that R4,6 billion would be allocated to the municipality’s human settlements department over the next four years.
Senior state officials have been seconded to the metro to shake up its troubled human settlements department.
As acting executive director, appointed two months ago, Mandla Mabuza first had to spend time coming to grips with the way the department functions.
“We have created structures that are responsible to coordinate project management [and] we have succeeded in ensuring that there is an integrated approach between ourselves and other directories and branches.”
Mabuza says one of the big achievements has been the appointment of 10 new contractors to execute projects.
“For you to execute these other additional projects you are required to fast-track the process of procurement, which if you had no system like this project management team you were not going to be able to do that. Our objective is that by the end of November this year we should have appointed about 20 contractors in the metro.”
He says between R35 million and R40 million was paid to existing contractors last month, who had been waiting for up to four months for their money.
(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)