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Disgruntled residents of South Hills in Johannesburg have vented their frustration and anger about a litany of issues at their newly completed ram-shackled RDP flats. On Sunday September 05, South Hills residents, including children angered by poor workmanship, ran through the streets protesting.
Problems faced by residents include cracked and damp walls, the peeling off of paint, plumbing related issues as well as structural issues. The problems with the flats were raised several times with the Johannesburg housing Department.
Sunrise News spoke to five residents with similar complaints about the poor workmanship. “After numerous attempts to the Housing department, no one has helped us,”one resident complained.
Although the city of Johannesburg announced that they have appointed an independent investigation to investigate the quality of the workmanship of the development, a member of the Mayoral committee for housing in the City of Johannesburg Mlungisi Mabaso has further requested a Geo-tech report, quality assurance as well as a list of affected units so that we find an amicable solution.
A subsequent walkabout by MMC Mabaso confirmed that some geysers were not functioning well because the developer did not connect them well to the rooftops. Councillor Mabaso raised more concerns about poor workmanship on the houses during his visit to the South Hills residences recently.
“The last time we were in this area, we instructed the contractor to attend to those issues that were raised by the residents. Our view is that the contractor produced poor workmanship on most of the units,” confirmed MMC Mabaso.
“There are defects in these buildings that require immediate attention and the sad part about these issues, is that they were previously raised when we conducted the oversight last year,” he reiterated.
Efforts to get a comment from a Calgro representative, Urvash Singh, proved futile as he was unwilling to speak to the media.
Thapelo Magola Soweto Sunrise News