Nwamitwa residents demand answers after street project abandoned, workers in limbo


By Theodorah waga Mawasha

NWAMITWA-The project to refurbish gravel streets in Mandlakazi and Mbekwana villages, N’wamitwa, Greater Tzaneen Municipality, came to an abrupt halt while incomplete leaving residents and workers with more questions than answers.

The project started in April 2020 and was awarded to Moepeng 40 CC to refurbish internal gravel streets stretching 5km between the aforementioned villages.

Initially, it was envisaged that the project would reach completion by February 2022. However, in November 2022 the work was still incomplete when the contractor downed tools, removed equipment and all working machinery from the site and went awol.

According to Pilot Mukhari, a labourer who worked on the project, he suspected foul play when he and his co-workers were laid off for 14 days without a valid reason.

“We started being suspicious when we were laid off abruptly without any explanation. We enquired about this and we were always told it was because it was raining even when it wasn’t. We stayed home for two weeks being told the same story. We knew something was amiss”, he said.

According to Mukhari, when the contractor removed everything from the site, it became apparent that they must start looking for work elsewhere.

The seating councillor Edward Ngobeni who was also a local councillor when the project began said that the community rushed to contact the media.

“I am from the office of the municipality now to do a follow-up on the matter. I was reliably informed that the project will resume soon although I cannot say when. They only stopped because of the festive season “, Ngobeni said.

Greater Tzaneen Municipality media liaison Neville Ndlala was contacted however, the publication did not receive any correspondence from the municipality.

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