R1.5bn schools project stalls

A massive contract for professional services to build 29 medium to large schools in the Eastern Cape at a cost of more than R1.5-billion has stalled again.

This is after South African Black Technical and Allied Careers Organisation (Sabtaco) members this week disrupted a tender briefing at the Abbotsford Christian Centre in East London.

They accused the Department of Basic Education of intentionally excluding black-owned firms when it came to school construction tenders.

The construction of the schools, valued at R50-million to R150-million each, forms part of the department’s Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Delivery Initiative (Asidi).

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