Disaster housing delivery shambles

2010-11-12 00:00

THE rebuilding of houses in the Ugu district that were damaged during the floods in 2008 has allegedly been dogged by delays and poor workmanship.

The Hibiscus Coast Municipality (HCM) executive committee discussed the matter this week, and the councillors agreed that they are utterly dissatisfied with the Mageba project contractors who were given the job.

Councillors alleged that building inspectors regularly fail the rebuilt houses and order them destroyed because they do not meet safety standards.

Mageba were reportedly appointed by the KwaZulu-Natal Human Settlement and Infrastructure Department in 2008 to rebuild the houses of the victims of the 2008 floods.

Councillor Mosley Lubanyana said, “We are fed up with Mageba project contractors and the lack of progress in the project.”

The Exco members agreed that the office of the Mayor Nolwazi Shusha needs to organise an urgent meeting with the KZN MEC for Human Settlement and Infrastructure.

Failure to do so would damage the image of the municipality, they decided.

Municipal manager Sbu Mkhize said HCM does not have powers to terminate the contract because Mageba are contracted by the province. The municipality merely reports on the progress because it falls within its jurisdiction.

The councillors asked for his advice on the way forward.

Mkhize agreed with earlier advice that the political leadership of the municipality needs to raise the issue with the MEC .

Exco resolved that the mayoralty should write a letter urgently to request a date for the meeting.

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