Government finally pays construction company for hospital project
Construction work on a R232m hospital accommodation project is set to resume weeks after the Liviero construction group walked off site in a payment dispute with the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development. Liviero is the main contractor on the project, which started in February 2015 and was scheduled for completion in September last year.
The contract is for the construction of new accommodation for nurses and doctors‚ a training centre‚ a multi-purpose hall‚ gym facility‚ crèche and a covered link bridge to the new Thelle Mogoerane Hospital in Vosloorus‚ previously known as the New Natalspruit Hospital.
Liviero had told the department that it would not resume work on the project until it received the full amount owed‚ despite the company having received the bulk of the project payment.
The department paid Liviero R8.1m against its November invoice, leaving an outstanding balance of R3.1m on the December invoice — this money was reflected in Liviero’s account on Wednesday. "We have received the balance of the money owed to us so and the intention is to remobilise the site which we are in the process of doing… and then we will get the project completed as soon as possible ... and be out of the site by end of March‚" said Liviero’s managing executive‚ Bradley Boertje.
Last Thursday‚ infrastructure development MEC Jacob Mamabolo conducted a site inspection, this was after a portfolio committee meeting was held in the same week‚ at which members aired their concern over the delays of the project. Mamabolo had promised Liviero’s senior quantity surveyor‚ who was also on site‚ that he would push treasury and finance MEC Barbara Creecy to address issues around payments.