6 blocks,11 units dam­aged by storm at Mobeni

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The Swazi­land Na­tional Hous­ing Board ( SNHB) has re­vealed that Fri­day’s storm dam­aged about six blocks and 11 units at the Mat­sapha-Mobeni Es­tate. Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer (CEO) Mduduzi Dlamini has ex­tended the Hous­ing Board’s sym­pa­thy to the af­fected tenants.

In a state­ment, he fur­ther pledged to do all they can to re­store the es­tate to its stan­dard.

“A to­tal of six blocks had their roofs blown off by strong winds and heavy rains. Eleven units suf­fered sig­nif­i­cant dam­age both in terms of the build­ing and tenants’ house­hold ef­fects. Sev­eral other units within the es­tate were ei­ther flooded due to heavy flood wa­ter runoff and/or win­dow panes bro­ken by the hail­storm and strong wind,” Dlamini said.

Giv­ing a sta­tus re­port, Dlamini re­vealed that the roof of the shop that is within the es­tate was also af­fected by the storm.

He added that no in­ci­dent re­lated in­juries or fa­tal­i­ties have been re­ported to SNHB. Re­gard­ing im­me­di­ate re­sponse he said their prop­erty man­age­ment team, led by the Prop­erty Ser­vices Man­ager and Main­te­nance Fore­man were on site even as the storm pro­gressed, to as­sist tenants.

“All eleven af­fected tenants have been tem­po­rar­ily re­lo­cated to va­cant units, some on a shar­ing ba­sis. SNHB’s in­sur­ance bro­ker, Tibiyo In­sur­ance Group, was ad­vised of the in­ci­dent on the same day, Fri­day 24, Novem­ber,” Dlamini said.

He men­tioned that they ex­pected that the in­surer will take im­me­di­ate ac­tion to as­sist in ad­dress­ing the mat­ter. He stated that it was not pos­si­ble to pro­vide an es­ti­mate of the cost of the dam­age un­til the assessor has com­pleted an in­spec­tion of the dam­aged premises.

On SNHB plans go­ing for­ward, he said they would im­me­di­ately at­tend to the re­place­ment of bro­ken win­dow panes to avoid any fur­ther dam­age to tenants’ prop­erty.

“SNHB will en­sure that re­pair work com­mences as soon as pos­si­ble and the units handed back to the tenants for oc­cu­pa­tion,” Dlamini said.

So­lu­tions

He said pos­si­ble tech­ni­cal so­lu­tions were be­ing con­sid­ered to pre­vent the re­cur­rence of storm dam­age to roofs dur­ing the rainy sea­son. He said this would in­clude im­prove­ments to the roof de­sign and en­hanc­ing the drainage sys­tem in the es­tate.

“We un­der­take to co-op­er­ate fully with all our key stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing Mat­sapha Town Coun­cil, util­ity ser­vice providers, se­cu­rity ser­vices and main­te­nance con­trac­tors to en­sure that the es­tate is re­stored fully in the short­est pos­si­ble time. To pre­vent a re­cur­rence of this un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent,” he elab­o­rated.

Dlamini on be­hal f of t he Man­age­ment of SNHB of­fered sin­cer­est sym­pa­thy and sup­port to all af­fected tenants.

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