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BLACK construction companies suffer from non-payment so often that the Black Business Council wants to set up a hotline. Xolani Qubeka, the council's chief executive, said he knew about many black companies that had failed because of late or nonpayments. “I hear about new cases daily,” Qubeka said at a press briefing at the National Empowerment Fund in Pretoria yesterday. The empowerment fund announced it would give the business council a R3-million grant. The money will be used for “capacity building” and research so the council could engage the government to ensure there is a He said engagement was limited because black business was not organised.