Newly built RDP houses showing signs of poor workmanship

Sonja Boshoff, MP

Deputy Provincial Leader: DA Mpumalanga:

It has become evident that both the Nkomazi local municipality and the Department of Human Settlements have failed the residents of Stentor, a community in Kaapmuiden.


During a visit to this area on Saturday, 14 March 2015, I was shocked to see that houses built as recently as 2007 and 2014 were showing signs of poor workmanship.


This is unacceptable since this department under spent its budget by R110 571 000 in the 2014/15 financial year. The question that needs to be asked is whether the contractor appointed by this department was “Fit for Purpose”


There is no running water at the houses as a result, Jojo tanks have been provided. Some resident went as far as building their own sinks, but with no tap connection.


These houses also have no bathrooms or showers, the ones that do have, were built by the owners of the houses. Pit toilets are the order of the day only a few households have been provided with flush toilets, which are not functioning because there’s no water.


It is clear that the ANC led government is chasing figures and not services. Through our spokesperson on Human Settlements in the Provincial Legislature Bosman Grobler MPL, we will submit written questions to the MEC questioning her about the conditions of these houses, who the contractor was, what the department is doing to repair these houses and to ensure that it does not happen again.