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Sarah Baartman Centre – ANC’s legacy in Kouga

January 10, 2019

The Sarah Baartman Remembrance Centre in Hankey in the Eastern Cape remains unfinished, four years down the line.

DA MP Malcolm Figg said that poor planning and even worse workmanship contributed to the people of Hankey not benefitting from this R165m government project.

He said during an oversight visit to the construction site on Wednesday that the heritage centre is being built by the national Department of Public Works on behalf of the national Department of Arts and Culture.

“The centre aims to boost the local economy, create jobs and honour the late Sarah Baartman,” he said.

Construction on the project started in April 2014 and has now been delayed by more than two years.

“The completion date of October 2016 was missed and the new promised completion date of March 2019, is clearly a pipe dream,” Figg said.

He was accompanied on the visit by MP, Phumzile van Damme and MPL’s Bobby Stevenson and Andrew Whitfield. They were joined by the Mayor of Kouga, Horatio Hendricks and his Mayco members Brian Ndhlulu, Frances Baxter, Brenton Williams and Speaker of Council Hattingh Borman.

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ANC’s bungles delay jobs for the poor of Hankey

June 5, 2018

Poor planning and even worse workmanship have contributed to the people of Hankey not benefitting from a R 165 million government project, which was supposed to create much needed job opportunities.

The completion of the Sarah Baartman Remembrance Centre, of which construction started in April 2014, has now been delayed by almost two years.

“The completion date of October 2016 is long gone and during an oversight inspection today, I was informed this date has now been moved to May 2019,” said Malcolm Figg, Tsitsi-Kouga Constituency Leader.

“The original contractor ran into money problems and ceded the project to another contractor in October 2017. Unrest due to workers not being paid by the first contractor had in the past caused numerous delays and I was told yesterday the project is now only between 60% and 70% complete. But I have seen very little progress since I visited the site two years ago.

Shoddy workmanship and the ceding of the contract will now lead to a budget increase. At this stage quantity surveyors are still calculating how many more millions will be poured into this debacle.

During an oversight inspection today I have seen very little evidence of a project warranting the spending of R165 million and I am also very sceptical of the alleged job opportunities this project is supposed to create.” added Figg.

“The Department of Arts and Culture stated that during the construction phase 1 000 jobs would be created and after completion 34 people would be permanently employed, but yesterday only 110 people were actively working on site. It seems, that contrary to the department’s promises, not many poor people are benefitting from this project.

The ANC government is failing the impoverished and unemployed people of Hankey. This centre can entice tourist to visit the town and can create many more indirect job opportunities.

Only the DA can bring the Change that will ensure that money for government projects is spent wisely, projects are completed timeously and that jobs are created for the poor,” said Figg.