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‘Attempted hijacking’ leads to loss of life at M4 construction site

Home Infrastructure Construction & Civils ‘Attempted hijacking’ leads to loss of life at M4 construction site

THE South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) and its contractor, Thelbridge Enterprise, are deeply saddened by the death of a worker at the hands of criminals on a construction site between Westbrook and Boys Town in eThekweni on the M4 on 9 May 2024.

Sanral and Thelbridge Enterprise have offered their condolences to the family of the worker who was shot dead in what has been described as an attempted hijacking at the construction site last Thursday. Thelbridge Enterprise is undertaking upgrades to the M4 from Boy’s Town to Westbrook Beach which was damaged during the April 2022 floods.

“We are saddened by this devastating news,” said Sanral’s general manager for marketing and communications, Vusi Mona. “Sanral and our contractor, Thelbridge Enterprise, extend our heartfelt condolences to the deceased’s family, friends and colleagues. We wish them strength during this difficult period.”

In a statement issued on Monday, Black Business Federation chairperson, Malusi Zondi, said, “”Thel Bridge, has been dedicated to this project for several months, consistently delivering high-quality work. Despite their excellent performance, being a small black-owned company has posed challenges, particularly regarding safety measures. It’s disheartening that their success has made them a target of criminality and sabotage.”

Zondi said, “It is indeed regrettable that despite our repeated pleas for action, no tangible steps have been taken to bolster security at the construction site. The absence of security personnel not only endangers workers’ lives but also imperils the project’s successful completion. The loss of a worker’s life in this tragic incident weighs heavily on our hearts. However, as BBF, we refuse to be deterred and we will continue to advocate for the safety of black construction companies when on sites. Through collaboration and advocacy, we remain steadfast in our mission to ensure the completion of projects on schedule and the protection of workers’ lives,” he said.

An investigation is underway and Mona said that Sanral is working closely with the contractor and law enforcement agencies to bring the culprits to book. “The safety of all workers on our sites is of paramount importance to Sanral and we always strive to ensure that work is implemented in an environment that is free from criminality,” Mona added.

The contractor is responsible for providing security for his site and therefore Sanral has requested the contractor to urgently identify additional security measures to be in place to ensure the safety of the site team.

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