24 JULY 2019
New FET College to put Umvoti on the map
THE R115 million construction of a Further Education and Training (FET) College in Greytown is underway again after angry protesters halted the project last year and early this year.
Phase one of the project resumed in May this year and the construction work is expected to be complete by July 2020.
The college, set to be an institution for training and development skills, will be the first of its kind in Umvoti. Students coming from various rural areas in Umvoti and further Umzinyathi will, for the first time, have an FET College at their doorstep.
Site manager Alfred Maponyane said the construction of the road works is currently under way, saying: “We expect to start laying the paving in October this year.
“We are on phase one of the project, which promises to be the biggest FET College in the area of Umvoti. We have about 38 workers working on the project.
“Phase one involves construction of the building that will be a workshop [centre] for students,” Maponyane said.
The administration and computer blocks are on hold at the moment until a water pipe running underground can be diverted.
Maponyane said additional buildings, including residential units, are expected to be built nearby the FET College.
The construction of the FET College recently came to a standstill for almost 14 days after residents complained about employment opportunities at the site.
Spokesperson for Umvoti Municipality Phindile Phungula said the construction of the higher learning institution is going to bring a positive change in the lives of the residents.
11 February 2019
Motheo Construction Group Exits Telecoms Business.
In 2016, we Motheo Construction Group (Motheo) were approached by Mpumelelo Ndimande and Muzi O’Muhle Gamede with a view to assisting them with their interests in the Telecoms space. Having studied the business case, an agreement was reached and Motheo Telecoms came into being in 2017.
With the backing of Motheo, along with Ndimande and Gamede’s contacts in the industry the business grew rapidly. Too rapidly in the view of Motheo. With the rapid growth of the business came certain “stresses and strains” as to how best to develop the business to be both profitable and sustainable over time.
Regrettably, we could not achieve consensus as how to manage the business, specifically as it related to work procurement, operational controls and funding requirements. As such Motheo agreed to sell its 49% shareholding in the business. The exit agreement was concluded in December 2018.
In terms of the exit agreement Ndimande and Gamede are required to rename the business, and to desist from using the Motheo name, logo or branding in any shape or form.
The decision is regrettable, as we, Motheo, saw potential in the business.