Alberton High School contractor unpaid as costs balloon to R20 million

Paul Willemburg MPL

Spokesperson on Infrastructure Development

The chaotic state of the Gauteng Infrastructure Department has led to escalated costs and construction delays at the Alberton High School in Ekurhuleni.

Three month payment delays due to an alleged lack of money and the inability to plan properly has seen the R16.9 million alterations and maintenance project cost balloon to more than R20 million.

So far the contractor, Eagle Plumbers and Contractors, has received only R2.8 million of the total sum, way below what he should have received. For the month of June and July he has not been paid a single cent for the 23 people he has employed. He paid them out of his own pocket last month and now he has no more money.

A subcontractor, who also had to dip into his own account to pay for his 48 staffers and the building material, also had not paid.

Had the department done a proper assessment into what needed to be repaired before drawing up and awarding the contract, it wouldn’t be paying this much for maintenance,

Furthermore, if regular maintenance was done on all facilities and not just this school, maintenance work wouldn’t cost so much.

I will question Gauteng Infrastructure Development MEC Qedani Mahlangu at the next sitting of the Provincial Legislature.

Continued delays on work at this school and the failure to pay contractors is completely unacceptable and the MEC must explain the chaotic situation at Alberton High.