Nelson Mandela Municipality blames NHBRC for Motherwell house collapse

Port Elizabeth- Nelson Mandela Bay Municipal MMC of Human Settlements, Nqaba Bhanga, and Executive Director for Human Settlements, Nolwandle Gqiba, have vowed to take legal action against National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC).

At a press briefing in City Hall on Thursday, the aforementioned addressed the media on the suspended housing project in Motherwell NU29 following the death of a resident who died after one of RDP duplexes collapsed on him.

According Councillor Nqaba Bhanga the municipality has requested that the NHBRC to release the long awaited consolidated report on the failed housing project in NU29 after claiming the lives of two residents in just two months.

“The design of the [NU29 RDP] structures were not approved by the municipality and external forensic engineers hired by the municipality” said Bhanga.
Bhanga further blamed the Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu, for the suspended R600- million housing project, saying that the decentralisation of housing projects in the metro makes it difficult for the municipality to work efficiently as they are not the implementing agent for housing development.

The executive director of Human Settlements, Nolwandle Gqiba, also reiterated the same view as the MMC saying that the NHBRC approved the erection of the houses without the design of the duplexes being approved by the municipality. Gqiba added that there is nothing that could be done to rectify the structures or even demolish them until the NHBRC finalised its report on them.

Gqiba concluded that the budget for rectification was 10% of the R600-million Human Settlements development grant allocated annually as per the Division of Revenue Act.

The municipality will increase the security at the housing project to protect the houses which have been demolished since their construction in 2013. And urges people to stop demolishing the structures as they not qualified to do so.

However residents of the area, who did not want to be named, say that they will action and demolish the structures as they have only brought about crime and violence to the area.

Naziziphiwo Buso & Lwando Nomoyi


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