'Why is construction industry being treated like a yo-yo?'

Western Cape Property Development Forum chairperson, Deon Van Zyl, says he is extremely concerned about organised rogue elements that are violently intimidating and targeting construction projects.

There have been reports of vandalism and killings at construction sites by a tyrant group demanding a stake in these projects.

Van Zyl says the construction industry is strategic and essential but believes it is not treated as such.

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Our question is why si the construction industry being treated like a yo-yo.

Deon Van Zyl, Chairperson - Western Cape Property Development Forum

I think it is time we hold politicians and bureaucrats accountable. We measure them.

Deon Van Zyl, Chairperson - Western Cape Property Development Forum

The question is, what are the budgets? What is being allocated? And at the end of the financial year, what has been spent? If money is underspent let's ask the question why.

Deon Van Zyl, Chairperson - Western Cape Property Development Forum

Van Zyl flagged the issue of red tape as one of the challenges that need to be dealt with by government.

We as the Western Cape Property Development Forum advocate for transparent processes and it is imperative that we look after our environment.

Deon Van Zyl, Chairperson - Western Cape Property Development Forum

We are not saying take processes away, but what we are saying is that we align processes.

Deon Van Zyl, Chairperson - Western Cape Property Development Forum

Van Zyl also touched on the recent incidents of intimidation on construction sites, saying that contractors are losing millions and the government is not doing enough.

Let's call a spade a spade. If there are people who are abusing the situation they should be held responsible.

Deon Van Zyl, Chairperson - Western Cape Property Development Forum

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