‘Collapsing community hall a timeticking bomb’ — residents

2020-01-15 06:01
The toilets at the Dinda Community Hall are almost completely unusable.photo: supplied

The toilets at the Dinda Community Hall are almost completely unusable.photo: supplied

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A COLLAPSING community hall in the Dinda area outside Kranskop is a disaster waiting to happen, this according to residents who have called on officials from Umvoti Local Municipality to intervene.

Large visible cracks in the walls have caused the community structure to fall apart. Speaking to the Greytown Gazette, residents said they fear that their lives are in danger as the hall is being used for public meetings on a regular basis.

Resident Khetheyakhe Buthelezi said: “We’re not feeling safe because the hall and the toilets are just a disaster waiting to happen.

The walls started to show cracks a few months after the hall was completed early in 2007.

“We decided to approach the media to highlight the plight of [the Dinda residents using this hall],” Buthelezi said.

According to the residents, community members who attended a Maskandi event at the hall last month were forced to relieve themselves in nearby bushes due to the state of the toilets.

KwaDinda Ward Committee member Nonhlanhla Ngubane said the hall is also used as a pension paypoint. “Pensioners use this facility that has become an eyesore.

We appeal to the officials from Umvoti Municipality to demolish the existing structure and build a new facility that is safe to use,” she said.

Attempts to obtain comment from the municipality were unsuccessful.

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