Government & Municipal News
23 May 2022

Rustenburg – The Rustenburg Local Municipality (RLM) is investigating why sub-contractors have not yet been paid for the installation of underground pipes along Thabo Mbeki Drive.   

This follows an incident on Monday 9 May 2022 in which the disgruntled subcontractors prevented municipal employees from going into Missionary Mpheni House by locking all entrances of the building. 

The subcontractors also demanded money from the municipality and claimed they had not been paid for installing high-density polyethylene (HDPE) underground pipes in October 2021.

The incident resulted in municipal employees being told to go home for the day while residents were unable to pay their bills or access any services.  

However, a meeting between the subcontractors and municipal officials led to the reopening of the building and the services resuming the following day. 

RLM spokesperson Thapelo Matebesi said the municipality does not have a contract with the subcontractors. 

“The subcontractors are rather contracted to the main contractor, Sefako Engineering. The municipality is thus instituting an audit to verify why subcontractors have not been paid by the main contractor,” Matebesi said.

“The reasons of the non-payment will thus be established upon the completion of the audit investigation,” he added.

Some of the unpaid workers from companies sub-contracted by Sefako Engineering waited outside the RLM offices for the outcome of deliberations between their representatives and municipality officials.   


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