Council neglecting its buildings

2013-08-12 00:00

THERE’S concern about poor maintenance of council buildings. A report presented to the Executive Committee (Exco) on Thursday said council’s building assets worth R2,8 billion were devaluing at an alarming rate owing to a lack of maintenance and proper management of the facilities.

Sindi Zondi of the Infrastructure Services Department, who compiled the report, said council’s allocation of R2,8 million towards maintenance instead of treasury regulated R38 million (two percent of the asset value per year) was exacerbating the situation. Zondi said there was a need for a facilities management structure to oversee council buildings and ensure that rents recovered were directed towards maintenance. She said an added problem was that the poor maintenance meant that council may be failing to comply with building regulations. For example, there were frequent life-threatening breakdowns in the A.S. Chetty and Professor Nyembezi buildings. Zondi urged that more staff and a bigger budget be allocated to deal with infrastructure defects and planned maintenance.

According to the report, there were 50 logged building-related faults to the call centre, with 29 attended to and 19 still being worked on.

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