Multi-million rand PMB housing scheme for poor families stopped by business forum

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Durban - PIETERMARITZBURG residents who have been waiting for houses for the past 20 years will have to wait a little longer as the project has stalled again, because the local business forum is demanding a share of the work.

Work on the multi-million rand housing development in Copesville that will benefit 1167 residents has stalled for the past three weeks.

The project, funded by the Department of Human Settlements with the Msunduzi Municipality as the developer, has been ongoing since 2000.

The first phase, which cost R48million, includes installation of underground infrastructure such as a sewerage system, water pipes and road infrastructure. The second phase of the project, expected to cost R136m, includes construction of houses.

Work stopped after the Msunduzi Black Business Forum confronted the subcontractor and demanded a share in the work being done.

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Until people are arrested, this will continue on. I am sure the MKVA are involved seeing as they are able to do as they wish in KZN. If they had a slice of the pie in the tender then there'd be no threats. The government will probably wait until someone fights back before stepping in as is their custom.
 

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They don't want work. They want commission. We are starting to see the beginning of a very worrying organised crime here
 
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There must be more to this story. Project is supposed to help 1167 families and ongoing since 2000? It has taken them 20 years to build 1167 houses - this must be some kind of record.

The project, funded by the Department of Human Settlements with the Msunduzi Municipality as the developer, has been ongoing since 2000.

Mzontsundu Marareni, the chief executive of Umpheme Development, the main contractor, said they took the decision to stop the work after their employees were threatened by the forum. He said the forum demanded a meeting at short notice and when the contractor could not make it, they closed the site.
 

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Construction mafia. this was on carte blanche a while back.
It's ridiculous. I know a builder/inventor who's developed, in partnership with global construction companies, a type of ready to build lego-set type housing system.

The sample builds went very well, reduces cost to build, time to build, and less chance for shoddy workmanship. Everyone wins.

No he's dead in the water because he keeps getting turned away due to politics/corruption/red tape.
 

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It's ridiculous. I know a builder/inventor who's developed, in partnership with global construction companies, a type of ready to build lego-set type housing system.

The sample builds went very well, reduces cost to build, time to build, and less chance for shoddy workmanship. Everyone wins.

No he's dead in the water because he keeps getting turned away due to politics/corruption/red tape.
He should consider getting a backer and just building low to middle income houses. There's demand at that LSM and most of the buyers tend to be government employees so no trouble with them getting bonds.
 

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He should consider getting a backer and just building low to middle income houses. There's demand at that LSM and most of the buyers tend to be government employees so no trouble with them getting bonds.
I'm guessing he's the wrong colour.
 

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Work stopped after the Msunduzi Black Business Forum confronted the subcontractor and demanded a share in the work being done.

So not Jan? What level of sorcery is this blatant disregard for white guilt?
 

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Until people are arrested, this will continue on. I am sure the MKVA are involved seeing as they are able to do as they wish in KZN. If they had a slice of the pie in the tender then there'd be no threats. The government will probably wait until someone fights back before stepping in as is their custom.
Some top politicians are involved
 
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