KZN tycoon’s houses ‘defective’

2010-04-17 09:55

The National Home Builders’ Registration Council has found defects

in more than 1?000 houses built by a company owned by a KwaZulu-Natal

tycoon.


KwaZulu-Natal Human Settlements MEC Maggie Govender said that an

investigation had found defects requiring urgent attention in 1?200 of the 3?000

houses built in Umlazi by Zikhulise Cleaning and Transport, a company owned by

Durban tycoon Shauwn Mpisane.


Of the defects, 30% were serious and would require major

renovations, said Govender.


Mpisane, the wife of former eThekwini metro policeman Wiseman S’bu

Mpisane, was awarded a R300?million housing contract to build low-income houses

on 4?500 sites in Umlazi. However, after 3?000 were built, it emerged that many

had defects.


Pictures of the defects prompted Govender to instruct the National

Home Builders’ Registration Council to investigate and recommend how the houses

could be made safe.


Govender said the investigation revealed that the structural

integrity of the houses was not a concern.

However, there was evidence of “poor

workmanship”, which may have resulted from the lack of supervision of the

workers.


Action would be taken where dereliction of duty had occurred, she

said.


Govender said the housing project would not be disqualified because

the defects would be rectified.

“The National Home Builders’ Registration

Council has agreed that the houses, once rectified to the required standards,

will qualify for the council warranty and can therefore be transferred to the

homeowner.”


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