6 blocks,11 units damaged by storm at Mobeni
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.
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.