I NEED help on the matter between my company and the Coega Development Corporation (CDC).
The whole thing started in the CDC phase one project in 2004 when I supplied and installed glass and shower doors at Coega Village houses. Most of the contractors ran out of finance and as a result they couldn’t pay the outstanding amounts to suppliers.
By luck the CDC intervened and called a meeting of all the stakeholders affected by that situation. It then promised to pay all the outstanding amounts of the suppliers, only if the suppliers had proof by producing corresponding documents, such as invoices signed by those affected contractors.
Indeed the CDC paid all the suppliers except me, maybe because I was black and they happened to be whites.
From that year until now I went to lawyers, but I was most unfortunate because all the lawyers I approached around Port Elizabeth couldn’t manage to help me.
In mid-2009 I wrote a letter to CDC chief executive Pepi Silinga and by the grace of God after reading it he called me, so we could discuss the matter in full. Indeed we discussed it together with my colleagues and his colleagues.
Silinga gave me a nice verdict, that if I have got all the supporting documents of what I was explaining to them concerning my losses, after their being examined and analysed and found they were indeed valid, all my outstanding finances must be paid in full. The problem started when I brought those documents.
The procurement officials who were in the meeting, Mr A Ntloko and Mr S Kubashe, objected to all those documents by saying they were outdated, and as such they would be considered invalid by their auditors. So they were so sorry to tell me that and they would assist me by helping me to get a tender, in order to cover my losses, as a compensation.
They never did till today.
I have tried several times to write to Silinga to complain and tell him that I never got my outstanding amounts he suggested that I must be given, but I was unfortunate this time because I have never got an answer.
So this is the reason why I am writing this letter to you. Please assist me, because now I am under a lot of stress.
The financial broker who financed me for that project is sending me summons for about R195000 including interest for all those outstanding finances of all those years ago.
NC Magabela, Port Elizabeth