Construction to resume on Vosloorus hospital after payment fight
Neo Goba | 2017-02-09 13:39:37.0
The Thelle Mogoerane Hospital. File photo
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The construction for a R232-million hospital accommodation project will resume after the Liviero construction group walked off site in a payment dispute between itself and the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (GDID) earlier this year.
Liviero had told GDID that it will not resume work on the Thelle Mogoerane Hospital accommodation project until it receives the full amount it is owed‚ despite the company having received the bulk of the project payment.
The Gauteng government had paid Liviero R8.1-million for its November invoice and were left with an outstanding balance of R3.1-million for its December invoice‚ which reflected in the construction company’s account on Wednesday.
“We have received the balance of the money owed to us so and the intention now is to remobilise the site which we are in the process of doing… and then we will get the project completed as soon as possible… (and) be out of the site by end of March‚” said Liviero’s managing executive‚ Bradley Boertje.
Liviero is the main contractor in the R231 912 000 project which was meant to take 18 months. The project‚ which commenced on February 25‚ 2015‚ was scheduled to be completed in September 2016.
The contract is for the construction of new accommodation for nurses and doctors‚ a training centre‚ a multipurpose hall‚ gym facility‚ crèche and a covered link bridge to the new Thelle Mogoerane Hospital‚ previously known as Natalspruit Hospital.
Last Thursday‚ infrastructure development MEC Jacob Mamabolo conducted a site inspection in Vosloorus where the project is taking place.
This was after a portfolio committee meeting was held in the same week‚ at which members aired their concern over the delays of the project.
Mamabolo had promised Liviero’s senior quantity surveyor‚ who was also on-site‚ that he would push treasury and finance MEC Barbara Creecy to address issues around payments.
Efforts to get hold of Mamabolo for comment were unsuccessful.
– TMG Digital