KZN Human Settlements must weed out dodgy developers

George Mari, MPP

DA KZN Spokesperson on Human Settlements

The DA calls on KwaZulu-Natal’s Human Settlement MEC, Ravi Pillay to ensure that the ability of developers and contractors to do the job is properly scrutinised before tenders are awarded.

This after a media report today which confirms that a massive R398 million has been spent on the rectification of hundreds of shoddily built low cost homes erected since 2004.

That the homes are finally being fixed is positive.  Many inhabitants have, for years, been forced to live in unsafe conditions.

However, the department cannot afford to find itself in this situation again.

This is a vast sum of money by any account – particularly when every cent is needed to deal with our province’s serious housing backlog.

That the department has been unable to recoup monies from many of the companies, after they were liquidated, is yet another sign that developers were not properly screened prior to receiving tenders.

Meanwhile, contractors continue to falsify their CIDB grading to get tenders.

The DA calls on both the department and the Bid Adjudication Committee to look more closely at the capacity of contractors, while the NHBRC must ensure stringent quality assurances.