7 March 2018

South Africa: Joburg Storm - Aftermath Takes Its Toll On Property Owners As Report Reveals Questionable Building Practices

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A provisional report on storm damage caused to properties in the southern and western parts of Johannesburg on 30 December 2017 has revealed that one of the two contractors involved in the construction of properties was not registered with the National Home Builders Registration Council. In the provisional report the City's Group Risk and Advisory Services has hinted at questionable building standards. By BHEKI SIMELANE.

On Tuesday in Johannesburg, Mayor Herman Mashaba released the contents of a provisional report on storm damage caused to properties in the southern and western parts of the city. The report revealed that one of the contractors was not registered with the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC). The release of the report follows Mashaba's January launch of an investigation into the standard of building on some of the properties worst affected by the storm.

Section 10 of the Housing Consumers Protection Measures Act of 1998 provides that any person in the business of home building is required by law to register with the NHBRC. The contractor's failure to adhere to the provisions of the Act amounts to a criminal offence punishable with a year's prison term on each charge or a fine of up...

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