Costs of RDP house repairs escalate

2010-12-15 15:14

Cape Town - The government has so far spent R927m  on repairing or rebuilding sub-standard government houses in this financial year, Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale said on Wednesday.

The figure includes the cost of demolishing and rebuilding 1 144 houses in six provinces, half of them in Mpumalanga, Sexwale said in reply to a parliamentary question by the Democratic Alliance.

In the Eastern Cape, 220 units were bulldozed and rebuilt.

Sexwale said that province spent a total of R76.25m fixing 1463 faulty state houses out of a target of 2 192.

The Northern Cape spent R6.8m on repairing 129 houses and R5.7m on demolishing and rebuilding 69 houses.

The minister had set aside R1.3bn of human settlement's budget of roughly R16bn for repairs to poor quality government housing.

His special advisor Chris Vick said this was in line with a commitment to ensure that government houses were "of an acceptable quality".

"We are optimistic that improvements to the procurement and quality control systems will reduce the need for rectification going forward," he said.

Vick added that the majority of houses being repaired were either built before the National Home Builders' Registration Council (NHBRC) was fully operational and therefore in a position to ensure proper quality control, or dated from a time when houses built under the People's Housing Process were not covered by the NHBRC's quality-control process.

  • allen - 2010-12-15 15:58

    Ask Zuma as he seems to let Cuba have a billion

  • Solly - 2010-12-15 18:02

    This is what you get if you have incompetent people managing the RDP housing projects. Are the Contractors who built the sub-standard houses as well as the Goverment Officials being prosecuted for the mess and waste of valuable money. This money could have been used for financing old age homes and care centres.

  • Saintbruce - 2010-12-15 18:39

    I recall somewhere that an RDP house was to cost between R 15 000 and R 25 000 each. Just a basic calculation of repairs in the Eastern Cape comes to R 51 000 each - something is wrong with this picture!! Maybe my maths is wrong or my starting numbers for these "brick shacks" is too low but they are supposed to be "low-cost houses" are they not? Via taxes the small tax paying community keeps shelling out for piss poor performance all round. When do we get some good news from any government department that is not overshadowed by ongoing drama?

  • Newcastle Girl - 2010-12-15 20:36

    Wake up SA. The government is wasting tax payers money by allowing pallukas to build houses with our money. There is no accountability on the part of government

  • Badnews - 2010-12-16 08:15

    Saintbruce, your nmath is correct, but maybe the demolition also costs R25k. Hahahaha, what a farce.

  • Realist - 2010-12-16 08:16

    Another ANC disaster. Let amateurs loose on building RDP housing and this what happens. No project control and you end up with crap. The ANC are simply incompetent at service delivery but are very good at wasting taxpayers money.

  • Ian - 2011-02-28 12:36

    The contractors building the RDP houses should have as a minimum an ISO quality management system in place. There should also be an audit conducted by an independent body on each contractor's work e.g slump check of foundations, mixing specifications for mortor used to lay the bricks ect.The government’s low cost housing programme creates jobs by promoting labour-intensive methods, employing local labour and small-time contractors this is where the training of skills need to be.

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