EC spends R209 on 21 573 defective houses

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netwerk24-ccaebb6fae594609a1c8399ad11e52ddThe Eastern Cape Provincial department is spending R209 million rectifying 2 721 defective houses in the Province during 2014/2015 financial year.  

The rectification cost includes installing services such as water, sanitation, relocations, assessment of defective houses and building of top structures.

21 573 defective houses were rectified between 2009 and March 2014. These houses comprise of houses built pre and post 1994 with a bulk of houses built between 1994 to 2002.  

The department has since 2008 enrolled all housing projects to the National Home Builders Registration Council for inspections at various stages of construction to ensure that contractors adhere to minimum building requirements and quality of the house is not compromised.

“The biggest constraints in addressing the Rectification challenge is balancing the budget with other pressing demands of service delivery,”said MEC for Human Settlements Helen Sauls-August.

Responsibility of managing the implementation of the rectification programme lies with the National Department.

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