Storm damage in Protea Glen, Soweto, has left a trail of wrecked homes, roofs ripped off, walls knocked down, and many householders facing major repairs in the wake of the storm.
The natural disaster claimed the lives of two brothers. The National Home Builders Regulatory Council Acting CEO, Shafeeq Abrahams visited the site with an engineering team to inspect the area.
Government’s regulatory body has called on home owners to contact the NHBRC and to assist with the repairs and NHBRC will be conducting assessments of the spate of damage to the homes and present a report by the end of the week.
Abrahams says, “Firstly, we wish to convey our profound condolences to the families that lost their loved ones during this natural disaster. We will be working closely with all relevant spheres of government and affected communities in order to find collective solutions to alleviate the situation. These assessments will start immediately with a team of engineers and home inspectors already dispatched to the affected areas”.
The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) is an agency of the Department of Human Settlements responsible for the protection of housing consumers and the regulation of the home building industry. In order to ensure the consumers are protected, the NHBRC manages a Warranty Fund which covers any defects identified within the first five (5) years since completion of new homes. The Warranty Fund, however, does not cover natural disasters. Housing consumers contribute to the Fund through the enrolment fee payable by the NHBRC when registering their homes prior to construction.
Abrahams says, “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”.
“In order to further assist home-owners, we encourage all affected home owners to lodge complaints with the NHBRC by downloading the forms from our website (www.nhbrc.org.za), or call 0800 200 824 or 011 317 0440 for assistance. As an added measure, we will also dispatch our mobile office to the Protea Glen area in order to bring our service closer to the affected communities,“ concluded Abrahams.