FGTM terminates Operation Mabone contract

The FGTM has terminated its contract with Mphaphuli Consulting

BURGERSFORT – The Fetakgomo Greater Tubatse Municipality has terminated its contract with the Operation Mabone contractor, Mphaphuli Consulting. According to a document seen by the paper, the contract was terminated on August 25.”We refer to the agreement entered into between the former Greater Tubatse Municipality and Mphaphuli Consulting (Pty) limited, in relation to the implementation of Operation Mabone.”Your attention is hereby drawn to the fact that you were supposed to complete the project in respect of the first addendum on or about September 2016. However it has come to our attention that you have since abandoned the project, and left sites around June 2016 without informing the municipality,” the letter stated.The letter went on to reveal that Mphaphuli’s conduct is viewed as a material breach of contract and therefore constitutes a termination of the entire agreement.

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“As a result, the municipality is compelled and entitled to appoint a service provider to complete the remaining work as soon as possible.” The letter was written by acting municipal manager, NP Busane. The paper contacted the contractor, who indicated that he was willing to finish off the work he had started. “I will table this matter to my legal advisers, and I will decide on what to do afterwards,” Mphaphuli said. Steelburger/Lydenburg News has been informed that Mphaphuli did not leave sites on June 2016 as the FGTM had indicated in their termination letter.In March 2017 the paper attended the electrification of both Kampeng and Buffelshoek villages in which about 450 homes were powered.

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Meanwhile opposition parties in the FGTM indicated that they were unaware of the termination of the contract.

“We never passed any resolution to have the contract terminated. I can confirm that the municipality appointed lawyers that will find out the reasons behind the operation’s halt.”

According to the documents from the council meeting, hosted on August 14, “the council resolved that the amount of work that has not been completed by Mphaphuli Consulting with regards to the original contract and the first addendum be determined, costs to be shared between the municipality and Mphaphuli Consulting”. There was no comment from the municipality’s communication team at the time of going to print. Operation Mabone was planned to light up to 26 villages in Tubatse. Only 16 have received electricity so far, while nine communities are still patiently waiting for their homes to be powered.

Gilbert Motseo

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