Houses on flood plain to be demolished, rebuilt

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The homes of 15 families that were built on a flood plain in Missionvale will be demolished.

A final assessment was carried out last week by engineers who advised the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality to bulldoze the houses.

The Missionvale housing project is one of the city’s biggest RDP bungles, which saw thousands of homes built before water and sewerage services were even installed.

Maria Myaca, 36, who lives in one of the houses, said she was concerned about the process of demolishing and rebuilding her house.

“Although it will make our lives much easier, I am worried that we might wait a long time.

“Why can’t they build new houses before they demolish the old ones?” she said.

At a council meeting earlier this month, mayor Athol Trollip said an investigation would be held to uncover the truth behind the bungle.

That was when he mentioned the possibility that 15 houses would be demolished.

Acting municipal human settlements executive director Luthando Mabhoza said alternative accommodation would be given to the affected families.

“The municipality is looking into its funding to demolish and rebuild these houses.”

He said the municipality’s internal audit division had also been commissioned to carry outa forensic investigation.

“This is to recoup [any] wasteful expenditure from the responsible officials.”

Mabhoza said it was not clear how much it would cost to demolish and rebuild the houses.

Another house owner, Nicolette Martins, 46, said she would be happy to move if the new house was of better quality.

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