Construction standards are once again in the spotlight, following the devastation of a number of homes in Gauteng as a result of a hailstorm. Protea Glen in Soweto saw homes losing their roofs and collapsing during the storm.

City of JoBurg NHBRC to investigate construction standardsAs a result, the National Home Builders' Registration Council (NHBRC) is conducting an assessment.; According to Shafeeq Abrahams, acting CEO of the NHBRC, a team consisting of engineering and home inspectors will assess the damage and inform the way forward to assist in the restoration of people's homes.

“As part of establishing all the facts, these assessments will focus on a number of issues including the types and quality of building materials used to construct these homes, home builders/developers registration status, as well as adherence to our own inspection processes. Should we discover any wrongdoing from our employees and homebuilders, we will not hesitate to take appropriate remedial action and bring those in the wrong to account,” Abrahams told the media.

The storm saw collapsed roofs and boundary walls of 3 152 households. These were in Protea Glen‚ as well as Lawley‚ Braamfischerville‚ Slovo Park‚ Snake Park‚ Doornkop‚ Tespisong‚ Rugby Club Information Settlement‚ Meadowlands‚ Westbury‚ Alexandra‚ Lefhureng and Fleurhof. As a result, Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba announced a disaster area for his municipality.

Five substations in the western part of Johannesburg were also damaged in the storm. Power was quickly restored in affected areas, and two pipes that burst have been repaired. The province is providing temporary accommodation in tents to 1 200 people displaced by the storm, while some community centres are also providing temporary relief. The Gauteng Department of Social Development is providing food parcels.

Alongside the NHBRC, the City of JoBurg’s Group Risk and Assurance Services will investigate the contractors involved in construction‚ the municipality’s role in issuing certificates of occupation that affirm the safety of the houses‚ and banks that funded the construction of the buildings. This investigation is expected to take 60 days, according to Mashaba.

“I cannot understand‚ looking at the quality of those houses‚ how the banks actually approved those loans,” the mayor said, adding that the municipality will help residents to get their money back if it is found that shoddy construction work was done.

Image: https://twitter.com/HermanMashaba/status/947530146168344577


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