Two contracts for the same project at Manyane Lodge calls for investigation

Issued by Freddy Sonakile – DA Caucus Leader in the North West Provincial Legislature
21 Nov 2023 in Press Statements

Note to Broadcasters: Please find attached soundbite in English by Freddy Sonakile

The DA notes the latest reports that the National Department of Tourism awarded yet another contract for the refurbishment of the Manyane Lodge in Mahikeng. Regrettably, not a word has been said about the initial R47 million contract for the same project that was never completed.

Last year, the DA conducted an oversight inspection at Manyane Lodge and found it in a dilapidated and neglected state, without any evidence of any refurbishment work done by Re A Aga Consulting despite receiving a R47 million contract in 2016 to refurbish the lodge.

To date, there has been no accountability for this wasteful expenditure and not a single official could account for the lodge’s assets, yet an additional R24 million contract has been awarded to ALF ZIM and Associates CC to complete a project that should have been completed in 2016. A blame game between the national and provincial departments persists.

The DA has approached the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to investigate the R47 million Re A Aga Consulting contract, the missing assets and to recover all funds lost.

We will monitor the implementation of the R24 million contract closely to prevent any corruption or fraud and to ensure that the residents of Mahikeng benefit from this project.