Yesterday, the Johannesburg Development Agency announced the suspension of phase two of the Brixton Social Cluster construction. The JDA dismissed the contractor for poor performance, leading to considerable project completion delays. According to the City of Johannesburg, the JDA is now proceeding with a new procurement process to source a new contractor and, as a result, will revise the facility’s completion date.
The Brixton Social Cluster is part of the strategy of the City of Johannesburg to meet the demand for new social infrastructure. The project’s first phase, completed in 2020, consisted of constructing a new multi-purpose recreation centre, new and upgraded sports fields and combi-courts, parking, landscaping, lighting, fencing, and artwork. The project’s second phase, now suspended, involves creating a public square, a new library, a new coffee shop, an upgraded green open space and kids’ play area, and an improved swimming pool.
According to Siyabonga Genu, the Executive Manager of Project Implementation at the JDA, “The JDA remains committed to transformation of the Brixton Social Cluster from its previous underdeveloped and deteriorating state to a vibrant and sustainable social cluster that will offer a range of uses and choices to people who live, play, and study.”
The JDA understands the disappointment and frustration this delay may cause the Brixton community. However, Genu assures the community that the JDA is doing everything possible to get the project back on track. The facility’s completion will serve as a vital resource for residents of all ages, and the JDA is determined to complete the project as soon as possible.
The dismissal of the contractor, Nkomaba Trading and Projects, highlights the importance of contractors performing to a high standard when undertaking large-scale construction projects. The JDA is committed to ensuring that contractors deliver quality work and meet the necessary criteria to provide Johannesburg residents with the social infrastructure they need.