Article inspires company to restore gogo's burned home

2011-08-19 00:00

MTOMBO Radebe, the grandmother of 10 children who has been living in a garage in Imbali for the past year since her house burned down, should be moving to her rebuilt home within 14 days barring unforeseen circumstances, says construction company Dezzo Construction.

The company had been appointed by the Human Settlement Department to rebuild Radebe’s home.

On Tuesday two of Dezzo construction workers visited the home to do an assessment. They will submit the house plans to the National Homebuilders’ Registration Council for approval.

Said Senzo Mfayela, chief executive of Dezzo Construction, “Our workers are on site doing the assessment. We believe the house should be completed within the next 14 days unless there are disturbances caused by poor weather conditions.”

Although the roof sustained the most damage, there is a possibility the whole house could be taken down for fear that its structural integrity had been compromised.

“From our assessment we will determine how we will proceed with the rebuilding.

“If the walls of the house are cracked we will take down those walls and rebuild them because what we want to build here is a safe house for the family,” said Mfayela.

Dumisane Mthalane of the South African National Civics Organisation (Sanco) said they have also become involved in helping Mtombo overcome her distress.

Sanco helped to fast-track sourcing a contractor through the department to begin rebuilding Radebe’s home.

“When we saw the article in the Witness we knew that we had to help because nobody should live in such a manner.”

He said that as part of rebuilding Sanco has asked Eskom to reconnect electricity to the house, and it is also sourcing furniture from local businesspeople.

Dezzo Construction is contracted to work on the R1,6-billion Vulindlela housing project near Pietermaritzburg.

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