The multi-billion real estate company Erdermann Properties Limited has let go of over 2200 workers following a protracted court row with a liquor company over accusations of air pollution.
In a statement issued by the company on Thursday, March 12, it announced that they would have to lay off some workers owing to the temporary suspension of their services following a court order.
The company announced that as of March 6, 2020, it had stopped the proposed construction of the proposed Great Wall Gardens (GWG 3) project following a temporary suspension of their conservatory and interim orders by the Environment and land Court in Makueni.
For this reason, the company announced that it had to sever ties with some of the employees, suppliers of local materials, and contractors, alongside disappointing the buyers who had expressed interest in the properties.
The completed phase two of the Great Wall Gardens (GWG) project by Edermann Properties Limited
“To our over 2000 esteemed workers of the proposed GWG 3 project, we are aware that there are 2000 families dependent on your earnings but as a result of the stoppage of the construction works, we also have no choice but to suspend your services with immediate effect.
“To the over 200 local sub-contractors of the proposed projects, we thank you for your dedication and support. It is, however, unfortunate that due to the stoppage of the works, we have to suspend your services,” the notice reads in part.
Erdermann properties also urged for patience from over 200 suppliers of construction materials with indications that there could be a probable delay in settling outstanding balances owing to the suspension of services.
The company told the investors that it would work in its best capacity to recover the lost time once the protracted court battles were compensated once work resumed.
“We sincerely apologize to home buyers of the proposed GWC 3 project, that because of the stoppage of the construction by the court on March 6, 2020, the same may cause delays to the targeted completion date of July 2020.
“We, however, commit to working around the clock to recover any lost construction time during this period and commit to continue working with the government to realize the success of the Affordable Housing Program under the Big 4 Agenda,” they concluded.
The company also urged its neighbours to desist from frustrating its projects and instead concentrate on properly discharging waste and affluent as the residents of the GWG projects were urging it to do.
Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua and Erdemann Properties MD Zeyun Yang during the commissioning of the Great Wall Gardens 1 and groundbreaking of Great Wall 2 in Athi River in February 2019.
Erdermann Limited is behind the River Estate, Great Wll Apartments, Kileleshwa Executive Apartments, Windwor View Apartments, and the Lake Basin mall, amongst a host of other high-profile property development across the country.