KWAZULU-NATAL Premier Senzo Mchunu has warned unscrupulous builders to shape up or ship out, since there will be no place for them to hide anymore. “We have not declared war yet, but we do have powers to act against those building shoddy and unstable infrastructure which puts the lives of citizens in danger,” he said at the re-launch of the kwaMashu community residential units (CRUs), formerly known as men’s hostel, on Monday. Mchunu said his government won’t accept shoddy work from construction companies only interested in making a quick buck. The eThekwini municipality will spend over R184 million to change the living conditions of the people in CRUs. Hostels are being converted into family housing units after the city took them over from the provincial housing department in 2004. Over the years, hostel dwellers were paying a monthly rent of between R20 to R50. With the new development, the city wants the residents to pay around R700 per unit. City head of housing Beryl Khanyile admitted that they still have challenges in collecting rent in the hostels. She said they still need a strategy to ensure that people pay for services and rent. The municipality has 10 hostels with a combined population of more than 110 000 residents. Mchunu said changing hostels into family units was giving dignity to people, “so constructors should resist taking short cuts or face the consequences”, he said.