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Munsieville nightmare – another “good story to tell”

In June 2016 when political parties were gearing up for local elections, Mogale City municipality had their hands full with service delivery protests. In order to appease voters, the ANC government promised angry voters RDP houses in Munsieville. The building of new houses, however, is funded and built by Gauteng province and they duly stepped in and started laying down cement slabs in great haste to ensure loyalty and votes, says Cllr Amanda de Lange from the Freedom Front Plus.

By mid-July 2016 ninety-four slabs were cast on the northern side of Munsieville. This would have been a great step in the right direction to address proper housing for the poor, but this is where the 'good story to tell' of the ANC local government as well as the Gauteng Provincial Department of Housing stopped dead in its tracks.

According to Cllr. De Lange the gross irregularities so far on this project, is staggering. The development lies on a slope which required proper planning and special pre-development work to avoid dangerous erosion. The slabs were cast on filled up soil that were never compacted to strengthen the foundation. According to quality reports by the project engineer from MIH, who is responsible for the design and execution of the project, they should have established the storm water, sewer and other necessary infrastructure networks before the slabs were cast. The ground formation requires blasting which cannot be done now as it will further damage the already compromised foundations.

De Lange says the size of the slabs that were cast is not what was planned for the small lots. There is no proper space around the houses for people to plant a garden. Most of the houses are 40m2 on a 55m2 plot.To add insult to injury, there are no roads between the houses which has hardly space for people to get access to some of the houses by foot. Residents will have no way of accessing their property by car – they would have to park vehicles in a narrow road three rows of houses away.

It is clear from correspondence that Urban Dynamics, who are the responsible contractors, were forewarned on a number of occasions that they are not complying to the original designs and required building regulations. De Lange further stated that the housing project originated by the Gauteng Housing Department, is also not enrolled with the NHBRC. As per correspondence, the NHBRC declined the application of this contract as the submission was inadequate. There are no retaining walls either to give integrity to the foundations of the houses.

The project has cost a whopping R9m rand so far, De Lange said and there is nothing to show for it apart from ninety-four slabs and soil erosion that causes the slabs to break up and crack.

"It is a disgrace that the tax payers’ money is squandered away like this and promises by the ANC government to people at the bottom of the food-chain are just empty promises for their votes again".

De Lange said that, however housing projects like this is the responsibility of the Gauteng Province in collaboration with local government, Mogale City's new multi-party government will not allow any irregularities and gambling with the residents’ lives.

It is clear that the ANC's 'good story to tell' has turned into a 'nightmare to tell'.

Together with the multi-party local government in Mogale City, the Freedom Front Plus will endeavour to bring back clean, honest service delivery and better living conditions to residents of Krugersdorp.

 

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