BREAKING NEWS

Just days after the above announcement the Department of Public Works issued the following statement:

Progress Made Into Finalising Payment Of Service Providers

Almost 70% of service providers have been paid, following an investigation launched by Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, Ms Patricia de Lille, into the non-payment of invoices within the stipulated 30-day period.

These payments have been made within just four working days. As of the 22nd of July, the department had 2 084 unpaid invoices. These relate to contractors in areas including Cape Town, Durban, Kimberley, Mmabatho, Mthatha, Polokwane, Tshwane, Johannesburg and Mbombela.

To date, 1 390 have been settled, to the value of more than R102 million. Six-hundred-and-ninety-four (694) payments are yet to be processed. Major construction projects and day-to-day maintenance constituted 94% of all unpaid invoices that had gone beyond 30 days.

Much progress has been made since the Minister instituted Consequence and Contract Management Systems last week.

De Lille says: “I’ve been stressing that we return to the Batho Pele principles which dictate that we put South Africans first. That is exactly what we are doing.”

I will continue to monitor these payments, daily and make available a progress report to all South Africans.”

SA Builder and the construction sector as a whole laud Minister De Lille for her bold and swift action in addressing of this protracted and serious problem.

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