'Construction mafia' disrupt major projects

Investors are pulling out of big construction projects and some engineers are considering taking their skills elsewhere as armed gangs violently disrupt construction projects.

JOHANNESBURG - Investors are pulling out of big construction projects and some engineers are considering taking their skills elsewhere as armed gangs violently disrupt construction projects.

The so-called "construction mafia" wants jobs and a 30-percent stake in building contracts in the name of radical economic transformation.

The violence and intimidation have led to some major projects in the Eastern and Western Cape being abandoned.

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Worried stakeholders have now written to President Cyril Ramaphosa asking for urgent government intervention.

Bonke Simelane, Vice President of the SA Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions, condemned the violence.

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Simelane said the violence is an indication that there is a deep dissatisfaction in terms of lack of access to opportunities for participation in the projects.

Robert Ndlela, secretary-general of the Federation for Radical Economic Transformation, whose members are alleged to be involved in the violence, said the organisation is engaging the communities in the Eastern and Western Cape to address and curb violence.

Source
eNCA

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