Row over hous­ing woes

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT -

YOUR ar­ti­cle “Five ‘ poorly built’ houses handed over” (Weekend Ar­gus, De­cem­ber 21) is fur­ther in­di­ca­tion that the City of Cape Town is un­able to de­liver on its hous­ing man­date.

A num­ber of ben­e­fi­cia­ries from Laven­der Hill have been in con­tact with me since Au­gust and have raised some se­ri­ous con­cerns with re­gard to the city’s hous­ing con­trac­tor, Chi­ware Con­struc­tion.

Com­plaints in­clude that they have not been shown any build­ing plans; only two houses built in seven months; work­ers not paid; con­trac­tor not on site ev­ery day and a cer­tain sup­plier told the ben­e­fi­cia­ries that they would not de­liver more build­ing ma­te­ri­als to the site un­til a debt was set­tled.

Af­ter your ar­ti­cle ap­peared, I was also in­formed that the un­fin­ished house of a Ms Van Coller would have to be de­mol­ished in the new year as it had been built over some sewerage pipes.

It beg­gars be­lief that the city ex­pects the re­cip­i­ents to guard their own un­fin­ished houses over the hol­i­day pe­riod to pre­vent them from be­ing van­dalised. What hap­pens if the build­ing col­lapses on to un­sus­pect­ing fam­i­lies as a re­sult of shoddy work­man­ship?

Will con­trac­tual penal­ties be im­posed on Chi­ware Con­struc­tion given that they ap­pear set to miss their dead­line for com­plet­ing this con­tract? Who will be held ac­count­able for money wasted on de­lays?

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