Contractors refuse to finish Newfields council houses

21 01 2009

Newfields Village Anti-Eviction Campaign Press Release
21 January, 2009

It is with great disappointment and sadness that the committee and community of Newfields Village have realised that after December holidays work has stopped once again on the Newfields council houses – a project which has been mired in corruption and mismanagement since the beginning.  The contractor (Jolinde Construction), the electricians, and the carpenters have all stopped work on the site even though renovations have not been completed.  Despite the 6 hour meeting with Cape Town Community Housing Company (CTCHC) last year (with the purposes of sorting out communication and transparency), the Community Liaison Officer (CLO) still has no idea why renovations have been halted and whether or not contracters have already drained all the funds.

The main contractor has also devidated from the original specifications as per the painting of the houses.  We have 112 units where the paint is already peeling since no primer were applied.

We, the residents of Newfields Village want to have full accountability and transparancy.  We are requesting qualified and honest individuals to work on this project.  The building inspector, Mr Withers Fisher, has failed dismally in his duties and we would like his formal qualifications because we don’t understand why CTCHC would hire someone so underqualified.  The Forman, Mr Deon Hill is acting as the Paint Forman even though he only has qualifications in safety and security.  We would like a qualified paint forman to work on this project.

The Newfields Community is sick and tired of corruption and mismanagement.  If the government gave us the money, we would have the renovations done by now at a fraction of the cost.  The government and CTCHC needs to be accountable to the people and we will hold them to account.For more information, contact Gary Hartzenberg (CLO) at 072-392-5859

To enquire directly with CTCHC and with the contractors, contact:

Favid Birch (Jolinde Construction) – 082-492-5535
Alex Honhaar (Jolinde Construction) – 079-528-8144

Bradley Plaaties (BSP Engineering) – 076-640-8529
Peter Claasen (BSP Engineering) – 084-703-1863

Marenwaan Davids (MSA Construction) – 082-491-7638
Jeff VD Westauren (Keev Construction) – 084-209-0582

Sithembiso Stofile (CTCHC) – 082-786-3505
Bheki Ngonyane (CTCHC) – 083-409-3996

Z.B. (Aid to the MEC for Housing) – 076-550-0992

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2 02 2009
Newfields CLO distances himself from CTCHC « Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign

[…] On 21 January, contracters for Newfields council homes refused to complete remedial work on our homes.  After last weeks progress meeting between the Community Liaison Officer (CLO) Gary Hartzenberg and Cape Town Community Housing Company (CTCHC), it was established that MEC Whitey Jacobs had refused in August 2008 to fund repairs to our doors, frames, electiricty connections, floors, ceilings and firewalls and that the MEC requested CTCHC treat these repares as part of owners maintenance.  This contradicts what MEC Jacobs has put on record in meetings with representatives from the 9 CTCHC villages (Woodridge, Eastridge, Luyoloville, Railway, Phillipi, Newfields, Mannenberg, Morgan’s Village and Royal Maitland).   CTCHC did not inform the residents or the CLO about the MEC’s refusal untill last week – six months later.  The community of Newfields Village is extremely upset that they have been lied to and misinformed about the progress on fixing their homes. […]




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