RDP delays frustrate

2015-07-29 06:00
FRUSTRATED: Kekeletso Ramakatsa points to the foundation built in her yard in 2013. 
Sidwell Guduka

FRUSTRATED: Kekeletso Ramakatsa points to the foundation built in her yard in 2013. Photo: Sidwell Guduka

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ENDLESS delays with her RDP house is driving Kekeletso Ramakatsa up the wall.

This 44-year-old woman from Turflaagte 2, Ward 12, Bloemfontein, is stuck with a foundation in her yard, waiting for construction workers to build her house.

Ramakatsa says the contractor who was supposed to build her RDP house only built a foundation in December 2013, and then just vanished into thin air.

“I was happy when the municipal workers came here to tell me that my application for an RDP house had been approved and my house would be built soon,” Ramakatsa tells Express.

“But my joy was short-lived, as I’m still waiting for my house to be built after almost two years.

“The contractor built a foundation in the beginning of December 2013. In January last year, a truck delivered a load of bricks to my yard.

“But the same contractor came back to take away those bricks in June. That was the last time we saw them.”

Ramakatsa, who survives on piece jobs, lives with her daughters, Karabo (15) and Rapelang (7), in the back rooms that she has built out of her own pocket.

“It saddens me to see this foundation in my yard.

“I just wish that someone could come and remove it. It drives me crazy.

“I went to the municipal offices and the Lebohang Building several times to enquire about my house, but the officials kept telling me to be a little bit more patient and I would get my house.

That was sometime last year.

“Still, nothing has happened since then.

“Someone should explain to me what has happened to my house,” she said.

“The house in question is one of the houses earmarked for completion as part of our programme for completion of incomplete projects,” says Senne Bogatsu, deputy director of communications at the Department of Coorporative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CTA).

“At this stage the site is one of the sites allocated to a contractor for completion. We are in the process of establishing why this contractor has not resumed work.

“I will duly inform you once we have established the course of further delay on this house and indicate the scheduled commencement date for reconstruction,” says Bogatsu

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