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DURBAN – Two housing projects worth millions of Rand under construction by eThekwini Municipality have been halted by the residential building regulator after raising construction concerns during inspections .
Molebogeng Taunyane, acting head of corporate communications and stakeholder relations for the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC), said housing projects on Kennedy Road and Amaoti had been halted.
The projects are intended to accommodate more than 1,000 families.
Problems with construction projects have been reported by the Office of the Auditor General.
The AG reported on the housing project at the Kennedy Road Dodoma site where the municipality built around 45 houses at a cost of R 9 million.
The AG also reported on the Amaoti housing project, where the municipality is building around 948 houses at a cost of 98 million rand.
Among the concerns of the MA was that the projects were not completed on schedule and there appeared to be quality flaws such as structural cracks.
The NHBRC said during an inspection of the Kennedy Road project, that it had issued technical non-conformities and requested that a geotechnical investigation be conducted on the project due to the stabilization issues that were identified.
âEThekwini has since engaged specialist geotechnical engineers to examine this issue. Construction of the structures has been suspended until the stabilization exercise is completed, âTaunyane said.
Regarding the Amaoti Cuba project, the NHBRC declared that the project had been stopped “due to technical non-conformities issued on seven of the units so that the banks are stabilized before the resumption of construction”.
During a visit to Kennedy Road, the Mercury discovered that the land on which the apartments had been built had cracks.
A community member living near the apartments, who declined to be named, said the contractors had not been on site for the past three weeks.
âI know the senior managers of the contractors have come in recent days to check on the project, but the workers haven’t been here for three weeks,â the community member said.
The source said that after the houses were built, the contractors noticed that the land on which the apartments had been built opened up.
âAnother problem is the junction of the walls, some walls crack because they were not properly joined,â said the community member.
City spokesman Msawakhe Mayisela said of the Kennedy Road project that a full geotechnical investigation had been undertaken in connection with the stabilization of the land.
He said the geotechnical specialist found poor foundation conditions at depth and provided recommendations to ensure the stability of the bank near the project area.
âWe are aware that cracks have been brought to the attention of the contractor for them to correct. In no case will the city put back houses with flaws, as that would be a recipe for disaster. “
Mayisela said the contractor was not on site due to a dispute with local contractors, but would return next week.
“Stability and construction of the remaining works are planned and should be completed by the end of July and thereafter 45 families will be assigned to this project.”
Regarding the issues with the seven units of the Amaoti project, Mayisela said he was not aware of the matter and would look into the matter.