Dur­ban’s as­bestos roofs must go

Daily News - - METRO -

WHILE there are charges and ar­rests over the Free State as­bestos re­place­ment con­tract, we need to ex­am­ine the is­sues in Dur­ban as well.

It must be as­sumed that as­bestos roof sheet­ing was go­ing to be re­placed with non- harm­ful and durable roof­ing.

Not too long ago, I spoke to the for­mer mayor of the then- Isipingo town board, Dr MM Jad­wat, who was my GP back in the day.

Dr Jad­wat raised an in­ter­est­ing point re­gard­ing the as­bestos roofs in the ethek­wini Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

This was a com­mon roof­ing ma­te­rial in Ori­ent Park, Lo­tus, Went­worth and um­lazi es­pe­cially, back in the 1960s and 1970s.

The sug­ges­tion was that the coun­cil needed to do an au­dit and there­after start re­plac­ing the roof­ing ma­te­ri­als with a more ap­pro­pri­ate and cli­mat­e­durable ma­te­rial.

Dur­ban needs to do its own as­bestos- clear­ing project. Let’s hope the pro­ceeds don’t end up in some bling car dealer’s bank ac­count. MUHAM­MAD OMAR | Dur­ban North

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