TWENTY-ONE sub-contractors employed to help build a multi-million rand shopping mall are angry because they have not been paid - 10 months after completing the job.
They are pointing fingers at the Bakgaga Community Trust for the failure to pay them for their work at the Maake shopping mall at Rita village, outside Tzaneen in Limpopo,.
The contractors said they were employed to assist a major contractor, McCormick, which was awarded a contract by the trust to build the shopping complex.
The sub-contractors said they were included in the project as part of a programme to benefit local emerging contractors.
A sub-contractor, who wanted to remain anonymous, said they had worked for two-and-a-half months on a project that took eight months to complete.
The construction of the shopping mall, which contains 70 shops, was completed in October last year.
They said they had been struggling to get paid since the completion of the project.
A selection of sub-contractors was conducted by the trust and the Bakgaga Traditional Authority, with 21 of them being appointed and divided into three groups of seven members each.
They claim they were only paid R10000 each, which they received a few weeks into their first month of work.
"We have been sent from pillar to post by trust members when we demand payment," said one of the sub-contractors.
He said some of them owed hardware stores for building materials and were struggling to honour other debts.
A meeting scheduled for last week to discuss the issue was called off after the trustees and royal council members allegedly failed to turn up.
George Ramodike, a spokesperson for the trust, said they would meet with the sub-contractors tomorrow to discuss their problem.
But he added that the main contractor should pay the sub-contractors.