Building inspection woes

2013-08-19 00:00

STAFF shortages in the building inspectorate division at Msunduzi Municipality are seriously hampering the division’s work.

A report to the Executive Committee points out that there are currently only five building inspectors at the municipality to service the entire city. The report by Trevor Cowie, process manager for infrastructure services and planning, said two key vacancies that existed were that of plans examiner and assistant chief building inspector. Cowie said these posts were advertised in February 2013, but replacements had not yet been appointed. In addition, the former senior building inspector, Craig Parker, had retired in April and his post had not yet been filled.

Cowie said the vacancies for three building inspectors were advertised in February 2013, but none had yet been appointed.

“The request for the filling of Mr C. Parker’s post of senior building inspector was submitted to our HR [Human Resources] unit on March 15, 2013, but no advert has yet been placed,” said Cowie.

The Witness reported on Friday that much to the frustration of developers, building projects in the city were being delayed because of bureaucratic blockages within the municipality. These included the very slow process of passing building plans.

The process is expected to speed up with a new plans approval system being implemented. The new system will consist of a panel representing the different departments that will sit once a week and process plans.

However, the shortage of building inspectors may affect the speediness of of the panel’s work.

Cowie, in his report, also pointed out that the delays are not always the municipality’s fault. He said that many professionals who submitted plans were not always diligent regarding compliance with the National

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