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Thousands of tenants might have to be evacuated from a landmark flatland complex in Pretoria that has fallen on hard times.
Pretoria mayor Gwen Ramokgopa will today visit the Schubart Park complex, which is in a serious state of disrepair.
Tshwane councillor Absalom Ditshoke said yesterday that the situation might necessitate evacuating tenants for the necessary repairs to be carried out.
The complex was built by the National Party regime in the 1970s and the beautifully appointed buildings boasted a shopping complex, swimming pools, community halls and ample underground parking.
Ditshoke said overcrowding and nonpayment of rent had placed particular strain on the complex, which is now owned by the city. Some flats housed up to 21 people, mostly students or illegal immigrants.
"Owing to accelerated wear and tear caused mainly by overcrowding and vandalism, the buildings have serious problems affecting the lifts, fire-fighting equipment, electrical and water works and sewers," he said.
"While every effort is being made to regularly service and maintain the infrastructure, the serious overcrowding and illegal tenancy at Schubart Park and Kruger Park puts undue pressure on it," Ditshoke said.
There was a culture of nonpayment among tenants. At least 75percent of tenants were in serious arrears of R30000 and more.
If the city decided to refurbish, all tenants would be notified in good time.
"The issue of alternative accommodation is a legal matter," Ditshoke said. "It is not automatic that every person who rents public or private accommodation must be given alternative accommodation when they are required to vacate for reasons beyond the control of the landlord." - Sapa