However, a few days later, Marogoa said Guimaraes called and advised him to pay R99,134 for monthly rental and also to secure the powerful machine as there was another prospective leasee who wanted the same excavator he had chosen.
This put him under pressure to use money from his coal business, thinking he would recoup the money within a month as he was offered a contract of R300,000 per month for installing water pipes, he said.
"Now I have missed out on a R3.6m deal, and that was going to be enough to buy my own equipment," he said.
Marogoa said since Guimaraes claimed that he was in a business of selling and leasing out excavators, he never suspected he would have to beg him to deliver what he had paid for in full and without hassle.
However, after he made the payment all he got were excuses from Guimaraes despite an undertaking to deliver the excavator before the Easter weekend, Marogoa said.
"His other excuse was that he could not get a permit to transport the excavator because he was embargoed as the roads to Limpopo would be full of traffic," he said.