Sexwale slams 'chancers' in construction

2012-08-02 10:49

Pretoria - The government is exploring measures to stop the ongoing construction of sub-standard houses by the private sector contractors it hires, Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale said on Thursday.

He told a meeting of construction industry role players in Pretoria that among other measures, the government was seriously considering starting its own company to build the houses.

"What we have been getting is less than credible, shoddy workmanship.

"I made a statement in parliament stating that when we have the huge projects (like major roads and cities), we give them (the contracts) to credible companies who bring in their expertise.

"But when we build houses for our people, instead of bringing those major credible companies we give things to people who believe it's their right to get the contracts.

"Why not let the major companies build some of the houses? I'll force them to bring their economic empowerment partners."

Sexwale said government had a bill close to R50bn to rectify the sub-standard houses.

"The rectification of that shoddy workmanship done by the private sector has cost us close to R50bn just to rectify falling houses. I don't remember government building houses, but the service providers.

"Isn't it time that we should think of our own government company to do it ourselves? Shame on some of you who ran and started issuing statements without thinking, when I made the remarks in parliament.

"Nowhere did I say I am establishing a construction company. You saw profits getting away," he said.

"I only said let us debate about it," said Sexwale.

He said corrupt individuals were cashing in, and abusing government policies particularly the black economic empowerment (BEE) laws.

"Don't get me wrong, I know that there is a legislation which says BEE should be assisted.

"But BEE should not be defined a shoddy workmanship, where people think because I'm black I've got the right to construct and they give me the kind of crap that I sometimes see."

"That is not BEE, those people are chance-takers. Lots of BEE companies know what they are doing, but there is a lot of them who take chances because they think being black helps you (to) make money quickly.

"We would like to stop that," said Sexwale.

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  • daniel.motlhatlhedi - 2012-08-02 11:02

    Damage has already been done too late. Most of ur frnds(ANC) benefitd 4rm that.

  • david.t.hlongwane - 2012-08-02 11:56

    Great Factualism Minister!

  • Ze Don - 2012-08-02 12:13

    This is what happens when you give contracts to comrades! Then that comrade goes and sub-contracts the work to his brother who in turn sub-contracts the work to his friend... At the end of the day the guy doing the actual work gets 10k to build a house but the government pays the first comrade 50k. Then the government wonders why the houses fall down... ROFL!

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-08-02 12:27

    What about all the chancers in government???

  • julie.meissenheimer - 2012-08-02 12:28

    It all leads back to giving friends and families tenders. Everything in this country has become about \greed\. It has become very depressing to read the news nowadays. Tender frauds, stealing and corruption. So sad.

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-08-02 13:50

    That is not just shoddy workmanship by the construction companies. It is also shoddy by government for 1) choosing useless companies and 2) drafting bad contracts that does not have those companies fix errors at their own cost. But why should government care? The ever-willing taxpayer will gladly foot the bill.

  • peter.estrange - 2012-08-03 09:01

    It is their right to get the contracts if they are ANC connected and have a friend in the Municipality. This is nothing new. Ask the unfortunate recipients of those houses. What an incredible waste of money and time.The R50bn will no doubt be recovered from those shoddy contractors????

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-08-03 09:59

    Government has got to take the blinkers off and give the contract to people who have the qualifications, AND are any inspections carried out by a qualified person/s in that particular field as to whether the construction, be it housing or roads is being built to the highest standard. Its all well and fine to say Affirmative Action must prevail, but really if the man has not got what it takes you are throwing good money after bad. Also buying cheap materials is not a good start, its actually disgusting when people are proud and turn the key in the front door the first day and cry after a few months. Damn what do I know I'm just a nobody.

  • danie.frederick - 2012-10-02 11:15

    Mr. Sexwale, Roll up your sleeves, mix dagga, lay bricks, allow people to build their own houses with a roving inspector of works moving around between houses. Do this with joy in your heart. Get out of your offices. Supply only building materials. Supply drainage, sewerage and connect.Sing chain gang songs

  • gareth.hart.965 - 2012-11-07 18:39

    It is because there is very little accountability within your department Mr.Sexwale, but I suppose Mr.Zuma is setting the pace?!

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-11-07 20:21

    Mr. Sexwale, give me a few houses to build. Pay me after you have inspected the houses.

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