Indwe’s R11m stadium unfinished and abandoned

Municipality says the construction company has refused to return to work.
Three years ago MBS Civils JV Cudjor Quantity Surveying CC was given the R11m tender by Emalahleni Local Municipality to build this stadium at Indwe. Image: Yonela Ngqukuvana
  • In 2018 Emalahleni Local Municipality awarded an R11-million tender to a company to rehabilitate the Indwe sport grounds.
  • Workers said they were given 18-month contracts but only worked for eight months before the project stopped.
  • The community wants to know why their stadium has not been finished.

In July 2018 Emalahleni Local Municipality gave MBS Civils JV Cudjor Quantity Surveying CC an R11-million tender to rehabilitate the sportsfield and build a stadium in Indwe, near Nomzamo township, not far from Elliot (Khowa) in the Eastern Cape. But the construction company has abandoned the site.

It was supposed to be an 18-month project, but workers hired by MBS Civils to build the stadium told GroundUp they only worked for a period of eight months and their contracts were terminated without any explanation.

Emalahleni Local Municipality spokesperson Luthando Nqumkana said the construction company has refused to return to work. Nqumkana said there was a disagreement initially between the contractor and the municipality about work done, which delayed the project. Then, when the company was about to resume work, the hard Covid-19 lockdown was declared (in March 2020).

But even when the lockdown was sufficiently lifted, the construction company never returned to work, said Nqumkana.

Nqumkana refused to give us contact details for the company or their suppliers.

The company has no presence on the internet. We managed to track down a person who was said to be the contractor but we got no response.

Luvuyo Limba, one of the workers, said, “We started working on site on 26 October 2018. We were signed 18-months contracts but those contracts were terminated within eight months. We were told to leave the site because the municipality has no money to finish building the stadium. We did not even get our UIF money.’’

When Groundup visited the site, a group of people quickly gathered. They expressed their disappointment at the failure to have the stadium built.

The stadium is in a poor condition. It has been vandalized and stripped. Doors and corrugated iron sheets have been removed. The fence is damaged and parts have been stolen.

Pholani Mjobo, who plays rugby, said local rugby and netball teams have no sports ground they can use.

We wanted to know from Emalahleni Local Municipality what its plan was to fix the stadium and how much of the R11 million had been spent. After another week of trying to get answers, Nqumkana said he had been struggling with network issues and was unable “to locate colleagues while working on the field”.

© 2021 GroundUp. This article was first published here.

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Willing to bet they have been paid in advance with a little “sharing” haven taken place ?

This project was a huge success if we consider the fact that any project reflects the levels of education, experience, attitude, and mindset of the people involved. If we acknowledge this reality then we will realize that the stadium project at the Emalahleni Local Municipality has a lot in common with the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva. Both these projects are accurate manifestations of the cultures and mindsets involved.

That brings us back to the age-old piece of wisdom- if you want to change your circumstances, you have to change your mindset first.

The community want a stadium then they stole it.
Seems as if the municipality can’t pay? Why will the contractor then complete the job?

There is no point in fixing the stadium. It would be vandalised within a year anyway. Its the African way…

Seems like another glorious story of going from bad to worse. Surely the municipality only allowed draw downs against work completed and how come no security to protect the municipal assets
Corruption seems to be the new buzzword in RSA

I’d be interested to know who has been blamed for this disastrous state of affairs. The usual suspects? Or I suppose the standard communal response is ‘nobody’ really. So we go on with life, complain and continue to vote the same way, for ‘our liberators’. Groundup seems to have ignored the question – very PC.

Any bets that at the end of the day apartheid will be blamed for this fiasco, even though the country has entered into the 27th year of being governed by the “African National Corruption” party. When serious questions begin to be asked, all those who have been involved with the project will simply turn into skirting inspectors, shrug their shoulders and wander off into the distance with their ill gotten gains!

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