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Eldos building mafia: Community anger amid extortion and ex-cons

Small local businesses that benefit from government building contracts continue to fall victim to extortion at construction sites despite warnings by industry bodies in 2019 already about the rise of a “construction mafia” in South Africa. 

In Eldorado Park, south of Johannesburg, a three-month-long Mail & Guardian investigation into massive public infrastructure projects currently underway has revealed how business owners are intimidated into allegedly paying exorbitant amounts to a “business forum”, according to sources. They say the Sisonke Eldorado Park Business Forum then takes a cut of the 30% of contracts that are reserved for local small and medium enterprises (SMEs), according to legislated government tender provisions.

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Tunicia Phillips
Tunicia Phillips is an investigative, award-winning journalist who has worked in broadcast for 10 years. Her beats span across crime, court politics, mining energy and social justice. She has recently returned to print at the M&G working under the Amadela Trust to specialise in climate change and environmental reporting.

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