Row over housing woes
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?