Govt warns contractors against shoddy work

By Yolanda Moyo

GOVERNMENT says it will not tolerate poor workmanship on major infrastructural development projects as the Second Republic expects value for money.

As part of efforts to fulfill the objectives of the National Development Strategy One (NDS1), the Second Republic has embarked on several infrastructure development projects that seek to improve people’s livelihoods.

Some of the projects under the infrastructure and utilities cluster include roads, airports, dams, irrigation, housing and energy as well as construction of schools, health care centres and provision of ICT equipment, among others.

However, of great concern is the quality of work by some contractors who are carrying out various infrastructural development projects.

Government says contractors who fail to deliver will be blacklisted as the Second Republic expects value for money.

“Government expects what you call value for money, that is in terms of pricing and quality of the projects which are delivered by the contractors. We expect our contractors to give us high quality projects. We don’t want contractors to give us shoddy work. We don’t want roads to be redone within a year of completion that is unacceptable,” noted Finance and Economic Development Minister, Professor Mthuli Ncube.

The infrastructure and utilities cluster constitutes the highest number of projects, which contribute more to the realisation of NDS1 which runs up to 2025.

As the country marches towards an upper middle-income society by 2030, government has assured citizens that it remains committed to transforming livelihoods, leaving no place and no one behind.