Group calls for re­pairs of col­laps­ing stair­cases

Cape Argus - - METRO - MARVIN CHARLES marvin.charles@inl.co.za

THE group Gatvol Capeto­nian has taken the City to task over the state of stair­cases in its pub­lic flats.

It says the City’s own en­gi­neer con­demned 149 stair­cases on the Cape Flats as ail­ing and crit­i­cal.

The group’s spokesper­son, Fadiel Adams, said: “The DA-run City has since turned a blind eye to the re­main­ing 145 stair­cases that will col­lapse, en­dan­ger­ing our peo­ple in the process, pre­fer­ring to di­vert emer­gency funds to non-es­sen­tial projects such as paint­ing and re­pair­ing roads in af­flu­ent ar­eas.”

Adams said he found that the City had put scaf­fold­ing up as a tem­po­rary mea­sure.

“The scaf­fold­ing erected to re­place the fallen stair­cases are il­le­gal. They do not con­form to na­tional build­ing reg­u­la­tions, they are not fire­proof, they are rusted and slip­pery when wet.

“The re­sult of our own in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that the scaf­fold stair­cases were pur­port­edly as a ‘tem­po­rary’ mea­sure… mean­ing seven to 30 days. These rick­ety stair­cases have been in ex­is­tence for 10 months now, risk­ing the lives of all who use it – young, old, sickly, the DA se­ri­ously couldn’t give a toss,” he said.

Mayco mem­ber for Hu­man Set­tle­ments, Malusi Booi, the City’s Pub­lic Hous­ing De­part­ment was aware of the work and the stair­case re­place­ments that needed to be com­pleted at com­mu­nity res­i­den­tial units in Hanover Park, Laven­der Hill, Ma­nen­berg, Re­treat and Park­wood. He said more than R146 mil­lion had been availed as part of the first phase of the stair­case project and that work was on­go­ing.

Adams said they had been en­gag­ing with Mayor Dan Plato on un­safe stair­cases at a num­ber of pub­lic houses in Laven­der Hill, Ma­nen­berg and Park­lands. “It’s as if Dan Plato is okay with us liv­ing un­der the threat of con­crete struc­tures that are about to col­lapse,” he said.

Booi said: “We are car­ry­ing out the most im­por­tant work first in or­der of emer­gency work con­sid­er­a­tions.

“Re­plac­ing and/or re­pair­ing stair­cases, how­ever, does take time. We urge res­i­dents to please be pa­tient with us while the work is be­ing com­pleted. We are also ex­pe­ri­enc­ing se­vere re­pair work back­logs, pri­mar­ily due to the im­pact of the Covid-19 cri­sis.”

FADIEL Adams walks up a bro­ken stair­case in Ma­nen­berg.

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