Ongoing torrential rains washed away R40m Taung road

The D201 road from Pampierstad to Matlapaneng has been washed away and is completely inaccessible to motorists due to the recent torrential rains.

According to Sello Seitlholo, MP – DA Constituency Head in Greater Taung Local Municipality, the tender for the re-gravelling of the road was awarded to Lebo Tebo Trading despite the company not appearing on the tender bid document.

In a statement, Seitlholo said last year July 2020, the DA through its Spokesperson for Public Works and Roads, Freddy Sonakile, wrote to MEC Oagile Molapisi regarding the tender process followed on the re-gravelling of road D201.

He said the DA raised concerns over allegations that the company is alleged to belong to a prominent ANC member in Taung. The said company had previously also received a R40 million tender contract for the construction of Sedumedi Primary School.

“We also raised concerns from community members who informed the DA that they wanted a properly tarred road instead of a re-gravelled road.

Community members complained that they were not informed of plans to re-gravel the road and there was no public participation process to allow them to add their inputs regarding the project.

Nearly seven months after writing to MEC Molapisi, the DA is yet to receive a formal response from the MEC regarding the tender and D201 road.

The DA will once again write to MEC Molapisi requesting him to call an urgent meeting with the affected communities to address the blatant disregard that his department has shown to them.

The MEC must also account to why his department allegedly awarded a R40 million tender towards re-gravelling instead of building a proper road that the community can use.

MEC Molapisi must provide clarity on how Lebo Tebo Trading was awarded the tender to re-gravel the road without appearing on the top five list of bidders. He must also provide us with an adjudication report and a list of contracts awarded to Lebo Tebo Trading,” read the statement.

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