26 February 2013

South Africa: North West Human Settlements to Terminate Contracts of Non-Performing Contractors

press release

Non-performing housing contractors appointed by the North West Human Settlements, Public Safety and Liaison will soon lose their contracts. This was said by Human Settlements Branch Acting Head of the Department (AHoD), Monnapula Motlogelwa during his last one-on-one technical sessions with municipalities and contractors in the Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality.

According to Motlogelwa the department is faced with the growing housing backlog in the province and it cannot afford not to deal with non performing contractors. "We have a mammoth task of delivering quality houses and deal with the mushrooming informal settlements in the province. For the department to achieve housing delivery targets we need committed man and woman in construction who will deliver in the best interest of our communities out there."

"We will not allow contractors to let us down. If you fail to deliver we will not hesitate to terminate your contract and get someone to deliver" said Motlogelwa. The Acting Head of department further said that the department will assist emerging women contractors to increase the pace of housing delivery in the province.

Motlogelwa's engagement with municipalities and contractors is aimed at finding solutions to housing challenges experienced in different housing projects, creating healthy relations with municipalities and to accelerate housing delivery in the province.

The one-on-one technical sessions with municipalities and contractors was informed by a number of challenges experienced in the process of reducing housing backlog and incomplete projects across the province.

Motlogelwa concluded by clarifying the main objectives of the objectives of the one-on-one sessions, saying they strengthen partnership and ensure that the projects yield targeted job opportunities, set housing targets are met without compromise on quality, roles are clarified and that early warning and monitoring systems are in place for prompt intervention.

Issued by: North West Human Settlements, Public Safety and Liaison

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