Stop selling housing tenders to big companies - Sisulu

Pretoria - Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has urged small contractors and developers to stop selling government housing tenders to big construction companies for quick money for short term luxuries.

“Government wants to develop you from being Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) 1 to CIDB 4. The selling of tenders to advanced contractors does not help us in developing contractors for tomorrow. We want hard workers, not those who want short term luxuries," said Minister Sisulu on Monday.

Minister Sisulu and Executive Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Municipality, Danny Jordaan, today met with small and medium contractors and developers of the metro to present a package of support to develop small and medium contractors.

The package responds to the need for training, developing and mentoring of contractors, developing a credible and fair database of suppliers and fast tracking of quality human settlements delivery.

The Minister reiterated that all spheres of government, including national, provincial and the metros are committed to developing small contractors to become big players in the construction industry.

“We have developed a package of support programmes to be implemented by Human Settlements agencies, National Home Builders Regulatory Council (NHBRC), Housing Development Agency (HDA) and all layers of government to help you with finances and skills development,” Minister Sisulu told contractors, adding that government is here to help small contractors.

Mayor Jordaan reassured that the metro will pay all contractors within the stipulated 30 days.

"The Metro will work hard to pay on time. Contractors must ensure that they also do their part, they must meet all our regulations to ensure quality. We are about quality human settlements and fast tracked delivery," said Mayor Jordaan.

More than 400 contractors registered in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro database of builders, who attended the workshop, committed to the training and support programme and emphasised their commitment to building quality houses.