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13 October 2021
NO MONEY OWED TO THE CONTRACTOR BY AMATOLA WATER BOARD IN THE TRIPARTITE PROJECT WITH THE NELSON MANDELA METRO AND DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND SANITATION
Nooitgedacht/Coega Low Level Scheme Phase 3 Project has three major role players which are significant in the finalisation of the project. There is a funding element which is from the Department of Water and Sanitation and there is funding for an engineering consultant which is being managed by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality and, Amatola Water Board is appointed as an implementing agent for this project. All these three stakeholders play a very significant role in the planning and implementation of this project and have the required competence, capacity and capability in the advancement of the project.
The project in concern is in its finalisation stages as it is now above 95%. It is in the interest of Amatola Water to see the project finalised as water is a basic human right, Section 27 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa stipulates that citizens have a right to healthcare services, sufficient food and water and social security. We understand that the provision of water is not optional hence the organisation is committed in its role in this project and any other project that is expected to bring water to the people however in every project there is an order of proceedings to avoid all forms of irregularities.
To display commitment in the finalisation of this project, a meeting was held between Amatola Water and the contractor on Monday, 04 October 2021. In the meeting, the Contractor conceded to withdraw the intention to terminate dated Friday, 01 October 2021. Amatola Water left the meeting with an understanding that the Contractor will not leave the site as the matter was amicably resolved. The payment of R1.9 Million to the contractor was made as agreed in the meeting. The contractor was not paid within 30 days as per the contractual agreement, this was due to the fact that the payments submitted by the contractor were subject to the approval of the project additional costs before paying. Additional funds have recently been confirmed by the Department of Water & Sanitation who funds this project. Afterwards Amatola Water expedited a governance process to ensure that funds are disbursed in a correct manner.
The allegations of non-payment remain a wonder to the institution as well.
It is ignorant of anyone to assume that any black employee is incompetent and is African National Congress deployed. Amatola Water Board is multi-racial and had never compromised its standards in employing competent and qualified incumbents. Amatola Water Board has a technical capacity and capability to execute any infrastructure project related to the water sector. Amongst the technical capacity that the institution have, are the professionally registered personnel.
Amatola Water Board understands the plight of Nelson Mandela Bay Metro and any other municipality that is being hit by drought hence its steadfast commitment to finish the project as early as possible. It is time that people of Nelson Mandela Bay reap fruits of the Billions of Rands that National Government through Department of Water and Sanitation has sown in the Metro to better their lives of many people and to ensure that they get the basic human right which is water.
Amatola Water would like to reiterate that it is in its interest to see the project finalized for the benefit of the people and will attend to the issue of the contractor with haste to avoid delays.
For more information Contact: - Ms Nosisa Sogayise, Manager: Stakeholder and Communications @ 083 3577 953