MEC Thandiswa Marawu launches household contractor monitoring

OCTOBER 28, 2015

Eastern Cape MEC for Roads and Public Works, Thandiswa Marawu, recently launched a household contractor programme consisting of sixty emerging contractors from grade 1 and grade 2 at Mthatha, OR Tambo District. This launch forms part of the EPWP month, set aside nationally to focus on expanded public works programmes.

Each region will have ten contractors appointed to monitor the effectiveness of household contractors and upgrade.

This household contractor monitoring tool comes after the establishment of household contractors programme in 2002 as a response to some of the major challenges in the province.

Challenges include a need for improvement of the road maintenance in the province, job creation and poverty alleviation.

The MEC highlighted that the emerging contractors would monitor the household contractors in carrying out their duties, their safety, payments and ensure they have adequate tools, material and protective clothing.

“This programme is intended to make sure that the execution of work is in high quality and there is progress in maintenance of the provincial roads” said the MEC.

She further narrated that the programme is to make sure that emerging contractors are empowered and capacitated to upper grades. “The Department is in a process of engaging with South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) in ensuring that emerging contractors partake in big projects” said the MEC.

Victor Gono, one of the beneficiaries from Alfred Nzo District Municipality, on behalf emerging contractors, expressed a word of gratitude to the MEC for affording them with the great opportunity of being part of this developing programme.

“We are very much appreciative to what the Department of Roads and Public Works has done for us. We promise to perform this task to the best of our ability and provide high quality service for our province” said Gono.

The department is very much committed to the aims and objectives of the economic development cluster (EDC).