Opening of centre delayed further

Four years and R46-million later, the Motherwell Thusong Service Centre has yet to open its doors, with Nelson Mandela Bay authorities estimating it will be another year before the centre is functional.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality said in November it was hoping to use the facility by the end of this year.

But after a site visit by municipal public accounts committee chairman Jimmy Tutu last week, it was revealed that the facility would only be ready for use by April next year.

The visit was part of the committee’s resolution to check the progress of projects into which the European Union had pumped R210-million, the centre being one of them.

The delays have been caused by the city deciding last year that the centre should also house a third licensing and traffic centre. A budget and treasury office would also be available at the centre.

Other departments like Home Affairs are also expected to be housed at the facility as the government intends to bring services closer to the community.

Construction of the building stalled at stages, with subcontractors downing tools and protesting about money they claimed was owed to them.

LA Consulting Engineers have been tasked to redesign the centre to accommodate a traffic and licensing centre.

The company’s project manager, Barry Lizamore, said the company expected to complete the redesign by April this year.

-Mkhululi Ndamase

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