The Company's manager wants to take pride in what he will be doing for the people of his hometown

To ensure road infrastructure goes parallel with stormwater drainage projects, the Greater Kokstad Municipality has wasted no time and officially handed over a site to the appointed contractor, Shearer Group (PTY) LTD.

This is a local contractor, which the Municipality has conferred the responsibility to complete the works related to stormwater upgrades and constructions. The service provider will commence related work in May until December.

The purpose of constructing and revamping stormwater drains is to prevent water from damaging existing roads during rainy seasons and to avoid damage to infrastructure that is still under construction.

This is in the wake of the Greater Kokstad Municipality Mayor, Councillor MNL Madikizela’s announcement of operation Qhuz’uthuli which translates into a massive road rehabilitation programme intended to and improve the face and esthetics of Kokstad.

Operation Qhuz’ uthuli loosely translates to "raising dust" which symbolizes a busy construction site.

The Greater Kokstad Municipality Deputy Mayor, Cllr Karen Walker, the council speaker, Cllr Bheki Nozaza and Ward 3 Cllr Nokuphila Mda were part of the official handover. 

The contract value is R 6 946 453, 39 million.

The Deputy Mayor urged the contractor not to do the job for the sake of meeting a stipulated time of completion and for financial gains but they should do a quality job.

“Please ensure that you pay the workers on time because in so many instances the infrastructure projects have been disrupted and some have not been completed within reasonable timeframes because of the non-payment of staff,” said Cllr Walker.

Buntu Mapekula, the Director of Shearer Group (PTY) LTD vowed to do the job according to tender specification saying he was born and bred in Kokstad and will ensure he takes pride in what he will be doing for the people of Kokstad.

By Andile Moshoeshoe and Nomzekelo Selani