The new multimillion-rand Mamelodi Fire Station cannot be used by the City of Tshwane’s Emergency Services until it receives an occupancy certificate. Residents of Mamelodi and Nellmapius bothered by informal settlements that are prone to shack fires and floodin, were expecting to use the fire station
HBC Construction has allegedly failed to pay subcontractors who worked on the incomplete fire station in Mamelodi six months later. The occupancy certificate is being secured through city authorities. Only after an occupancy certificate has been issued can the station be occupied. As a result, the station must be regarded incomplete.
Tshwane Emergency Services spokesperson Charles Mabaso said the department was unaware that HBC owed money to subcontractors. The station was built for R62 million by HBC Construction. “Once the final handover by the professional agent is completed and the occupancy certificate given, permitting the department to occupy the facility, the Mamelodi Fire Station will be operational.”
By: Khensani Khoza.