Flats feel left out

2017-06-20 09:57
Some of the committee members of Aylesbury Place in front of the complex. From left are Keyam Johnson, spokesperson, Aslam Rossouw, chairperson, Faraa September, vice-chairperson, and Ruschda Benjamin, treasurer and community liaison officer.

Some of the committee members of Aylesbury Place in front of the complex. From left are Keyam Johnson, spokesperson, Aslam Rossouw, chairperson, Faraa September, vice-chairperson, and Ruschda Benjamin, treasurer and community liaison officer. (Gary van Dyk)

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Some residents at flats in Wetton feel they have fallen off the radar when it comes to maintenance.

Aylesbury Place in Miller Road has been in existence for more than 40 years and the 48 units are now looking the worse for wear.

Two years ago residents formed a committee to see to the needs of the buildings but feel that not enough attention is paid to their needs.

Secretary of the committee, Moerisha Abrahams, explains that they were encouraged to inform the City of Cape Town of their problems but over the past ten months there has been a slow response or the repairs have not been of a good standard.

“There are a number of water leakages and we informed the city of the problems in various units,” she says.

“They came to repair some of the problems but there is still leaking pipes and some not attended to at all.

“We’re also having problems with rats and mice in some ceilings and they’re eating through the ceiling boards. People have come out to check but nothing has been fixed.

“Our washing lines were supposed to be replaced but it’s never happened and we have to make do with trying to hang up washing wherever we can and it makes the place look untidy.”

She says another problem is that there’s been no proper cleaning of the roofs.

“The gutters are blocked and there’s grass growing in some of them, with the result that it becomes a nesting place for birds.

“This has led to an infestation of lice in some of the units. We also have a problem with bees where some hives were removed but the bees just return.”

Chairperson of the committee, Aslam Rossouw, also feels there are safety and security issues that need attention.

“We have a problem with people entering the property because they started putting up fence but it still needs to be completed and it’s been a few months already,” he says.

“The outside lighting also needs a lot of work with some stoep lights fitted but most of them not working. We also have a problem with broken stair railings that are not fixed and this is very dangerous for the children.”

Vice-chairperson Faraa September explains that it is a constant battle to get repairs done.

“They’re always making promises but nothing gets done,” she says.

“It seems like Parkwood maintenance office is not interested in fixing our units and we have been living like this for a long time. Some of us more than 10 years.

“We are becoming angrier because the units are becoming less liveable. The tiles are coming loose because of the water leakages, the ceiling boards are broken because of the rats and the water leakages, the wall tiles are breaking from old age and the walls are mouldy and some are cracked due to water and old age.

“The units are in a terrible state and the maintenance office is fully aware of the situation because they visited our flats earlier this year. No-one is interested in upgrading our units for healthier and comfortable living conditions.”

Eddie Andrews, Mayco member (South), has responded to these complaints, explaining that all the faults reported to them will be attended to.

“The City’s tenancy management department has confirmed that the upgrades and maintenance contractor is currently attending to plumbing work in block A,” he says.

“We have requested that all outstanding plumbing work be included for repairs.”
Andrews adds that they will investigate the complaint of rodents in the buildings.

“There will be an assessment of the problem and we will verify the addresses affected and source a tender contractor to attend to the damaged ceiling and any rodent issues.”

Assessments will also be done in relation to the lice infestation and problems with birds and any problems relating to bee hives.

Andrews also points out that repair work on the washing lines will be starting next month.

When it comes to fencing and other security issues, there are also positive plans in the pipeline.

“The upgrades and maintenance department’s fencing contractor is scheduled to be appointed next month and the fencing will be prioritised for completion,” says Andrews.

“When it comes to lighting, the electrical term tender contractor is scheduled to be appointed next month. This contractor will assist in attending to all outstanding electrical maintenance.

“For the stair railings staff will assess and verify the addresses still affected. This work will be attended to by the carpentry contractor.”

Andrews assures residents of the flats that they are not left out of any maintenance plans.

“The upgrades and maintenance department’s plumbing contractor is currently on site for the upgrade of plumbing at Aylesbury Place and we are committed to the maintenance of all City rental stock.

“Tenants are encouraged to log their maintenance requests at their nearest housing office. It will be attended to.”

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