Rage against rubble

2015-08-04 06:01
Residents of Mentz Court in Hanover Park are upset over rubble left behind by contractors who completed renovation work at the court. Here residents Mary van der Ross, Glynn Craven and Elizabeth James stand next to the rubble heap.

PHOTO: 
Chevon

Residents of Mentz Court in Hanover Park are upset over rubble left behind by contractors who completed renovation work at the court. Here residents Mary van der Ross, Glynn Craven and Elizabeth James stand next to the rubble heap. PHOTO: Chevon

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A group of elderly people in Mentz Court, Hanover Park says they are upset by a pile of rubble left behind after contractors completed renovation work at the block of flats.

The group of residents say they are infuriated by the delay in picking up the rubble that has been lying in front of the court since February.

Resident Glynn Craven says: “It is a real eyesore when you enter the court. The rubble is also close to one of our garden projects and does no justice to this project.”

According to Craven they have approached several departments to help in the clearing it but to no avail.

“We have been getting the runaround by the City as well as the contractors. I made a point of calling an employer of Good Hope construction to assist in the clearing,” he adds.

Another resident, Elizabeth James, says she has made countless visits to the City yard in Hanover Park.

“I went to them and explained the mess that was left behind needs to be cleared. They then referred me to the housing office and from there I was referred to the rent office,” James says.

“When I went to the rent office I was told that the residents must have the rubble cleaned up. I explained we are elderly people and we can’t be held liable for that. They then just told me to have the rubble cleared; it will cost us R20 000. Where are we supposed to get that kind of money?” she asks.

The residents say they even approached ward councillor Antonio van der Rheede, but this also proved fruitless.

“He told us straight he had nothing to do with it. So how are we supposed to have this mess cleared?” the residents ask.

According to the group, the rubble heap is being used as an excuse for further dumping there.

“People have been dumping their dirt there as well, which is making the situation worse. And when the city’s waste department comes around they just pick up the dumped goods. They don’t worry with the rubble,” they add.

The residents say they are infuriated further at the delay in having a perimeter fence put up at the court because the rubble lies in the way of where the fence should go up.

The fence is incomplete and has been that way for months, they say.

“We started a gardening project in this court a long time ago. And we plan to continue with it when the fence goes up because we now want a vegetable garden as well. But this is being delayed and is very upsetting,” they say.

The City of Cape Town responds that it is “looking into the particulars of the matter”.

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