Rustenburg/ Tlhabane – The roads next to Public Investment Corporation’s development of the new Tlhabane Mall was closed off as disgruntled community members voiced their concerns on Wednesday 2 August.
Boulders, rocks and even corrugated iron sheets were used to create makeshift barricades on the corner of Moumo and Motsatsi streets, as community members protested what they deemed to be a lack of transparency.
Reportedly the new mall complex has been marked as a massive suburban redevelopment that will potentially see millions of rands invested into the local community and create jobs as well as prosperity.
“We want transparency in what they’re doing, and how the tenders are awarded,” said one community members. According to a community spokesperson, Geoff Moeletsi, “The developer PIC gave community members assurances that at least 30% of the contracts would be allocated to local communities and provide essential work to the local, instead, contractors from Gauteng had been brought in to do the work.”
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