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City subcontractors to benefit from Radical Economic Transformation Framework
​Mayor Zandile Gumede fl anked by electricity subcontractors
who were elated after being informed of a database that will
enable them to be offi cially recognised by the Municipality.
​ETHEKWINI Mayor Zandile Gumede has announced that subcontractors will benefit from the inclusive Radical Economic Transformation Framework through the Municipality’s electricity service delivery projects.

Mayor Gumede led a high-powered delegation to the Springfield Electricity Training Centre on 29 May to meet electricity subcontractors. She said the Municipality will now inform main contractors which subcontractors are to be utilised for projects through consultation with relevant stakeholders.

This would be a different approach unlike before where the appointment of a subcontractor was the sole responsibility of a main contractor. The Municipality will create a database for electricity subcontractors and ensure that they receive competency training for growth and development.

This initiative will assist in addressing unemployment, inequality and poverty. A team from the Municipal Electricity Unit, Supply Chain Management Unit, Business Support, Tourism and Markets Unit has been established to ensure empowerment and training for subcontractors. This team is responsible for facilitating and coordinating requests for training so that all service providers obtain the necessary competencies.

Mayor Gumede said when the main contractor was responsible for subcontracting appointments, it hindered growth for subcontractors. “The risk associated with that approach is that certain entities have been operating as subcontractors for many years. The procurement opportunities were then ring-fenced for certain contractors.

This has created monopoly in the market such that when tenders are advertised the outcomes were easily predicted,” she said. Explaining the initiative, Mayor Gumede said it came about after a growing concern about the lack of tangible economic empowerment of communities within eThekwini. “Of major concern is that residents are not economically benefitting from infrastructure development projects that are being undertaken in their wards. This has led to the proliferation of pressure groups that have on a number of occasions stopped on-going projects in the various parts of the Municipality,” she said.
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