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Disaster waiting to happen at Siyanqoba

They are complaining about the material used which is substandard and the work done on their houses does comply with the set standards

Residents of Siyanqoba are concerned about their lives because they feel very unsafe because of the poor electrification in their houses.

Wires are left hanging near their kitchen sinks and the wire connections are open and not well insulated.

There is a lot wrongs with the wiring in the houses at the new establishment.

While most of them were happy occupying their new houses, their happiness was cut short when the wiring problems in the houses started.

Wires hanging in the kitchen in one of the houses in Siyanqoba

“This is just poor workmanship in its highest form. Our lives are not valued by the people in charge. It is clear that the contractor is not skilled to do the work. The board are highly inflammable, the wires are laying around on our ceilings, our houses are not earthed. The wires are not correctly colour coded. The steel board on the bricks will rust leading to our houses being vulnerable to conducting lighting in our houses. The electricity board are highly inflammable and the wires are left laying around on their ceilings and not in the junction boxes, also our houses are not earthed,” complain the residents.

The residents further said that foreigners without skills are used to do the job leaving out local students and local contractors.

They said they do not have anything against foreigners, but they must be skilled to do the job.

Electrical wires on an open board without covers in one of the many houses in Siyanqoba.

They are complaining about the material used which is substandard and the work done on their houses does comply with the set standards.

Some say their switches were painted on and they are concerned that should fire broke out in their houses, insurance companies are not going to pay because of the poor standard and the wrong wiring.

“Why do we send our children to colleges or institutions like MRTT but are not given the opportunities? Are we waiting for somebody to die to rectify the mistakes? Investigation need to be conducted and to find out whether the right people were allowed to do the job. This is just disaster waiting to happen at Siyanqoba. We are living in a time bomb” concluded the residents.

A questionnaire was sent to the department of human settlement for their response and they only acknowledge receiving the email still waiting for their response.

Recently the department reported that they are doing compliance assessment exercises.

An electrical an open board without covers in one of the many houses in Siyanqoba

The department delegation visited housing units’ project set to be completed by the end of the second quarter (July – September 2020).

They reported that the visits are aimed at checking adherence to measures put in place by government for contractors to adhere to.

To enforce compliance, contractors are expected to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), masks, sanitizers as well as conducting daily screening of workers.

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