Government says certain men fixing damaged homes in KaNyamazane are “illegal contractors”

They have now been asked to vacate all sites but there is apparently resistance.

The Mpumalanga government has said that it has discovered through complaints that there were certain “illegal contractors” on site fixing damaged KaNyamazane homes. 

The human settlement department says there are about 150 homes that have now been fixed by unauthorised contractors.

They now condemn these “reported activities” in the strongest terms.

Government has now moved to meet all stakeholders on site and deal with the problem.

In a statement, the province’s human settlements department said they learnt through authorised sub-contractors during a meeting about “illegal activities” of fixing homes.

The government is currently busy in the KaNyamazane area fixing the more than 2000 homes that were ravaged by a hailstorm in May last year.

Three months later the people took to the streets, demanding that government fixes their homes. 

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Departmental head Kebone Masange said it was “opportunistic” of unauthorised tenderprenuers to be on site. 

“All illegal activities that are taking pace should be stopped,” Masange said.

He said they expect the homes that “have been sanctioned by the department to be considered” and there should be consequences to those doing work illegally.

The money to assist the people of the area fix their damaged homes came from the national department of human settlements.

The money was given to the provincial department “with strict conditions and will be audited as the project is being consolidated”, the department said.

(edited by ZK)

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