Non-payment row for court?

Bay housing contractors owed ‘at least R19m’

ANGRY Nelson Mandela Bay housing contractors, who claim to be owed at least R19-million by the municipality for work done since October, have instructed their lawyers to forge ahead with legal action against the city in an attempt to get their money.

On Friday, the housing forum representing contractors demanding payment, met city manager Mpilo Mbambisa and acting human settlements portfolio committee chairman Fikile Desi.

They claim they were told that the metro does not have money to pay them as it is still waiting for funding from the provincial Department of Human Settlements.

This is despite the government saying contractors should be paid within 30 days of submitting their invoices.

Housing forum chairman Andile Mtshwane said at least 30 contractors were owed money by the city, with the non-payment forcing small businesses to eventually close shop.

“If we do not get paid, we cannot add value to the metro,” he said.

-Mkhululi Ndamase 

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