TWO weeks ago Consumer Line carried a report entitled "Mobile toilets leave a stink", in which we wrote about Alfred Malabi who was battling to get his toilets from Kevin Fischer of S&K Fibers.
A thankful Malabi received one of his mobile toilets five days after we published his story.
"But I still don't know when I will get my refund of R60500 for the other unit," he said.
Malabi, a Tshwane businessman, bought and paid Kevin Fischer for two mobile toilets in March 2008.
The loos should have been delivered to him last year but were instead sold to another buyer while Malabi was trying to secure the R19000 VAT.
He had paid the full amount though his contract stated that he could pay half of the R140000 if he wished.
When Malabi wanted to take delivery of one of the toilets, Fischer could not deliver.
"I expected them to be reasonable since I had been doing business with them for nine years," Malabi said.
He said Fischer later told him that he would not be able to deliver the loos because S&K Fibers had been liquidated. Malabi said Fischer did not even bother to call him to explain the situation. He said when he went to collect his toilets last October he got the shock of his life when Fischer's wife Linda told him that they had sold the toilets because they could not trace him.
"I was shattered. They had my contact details but didn't even bother to notify me though I have been a loyal customer," Malabi said.
He said Linda Fischer undertook to deliver one unit and to refund the outstanding amount for the second one, but she only paid back R30000 in two instalments.
Malabi said the company also manufactures chemicals for portable toilets, septic tanks and pit latrines and should be able to refund his money.
"Fischer supplies the entire South Africa and should not have a problem refunding me," Malabi said.
He said he never suspected that the Fischers would sell his toilets while he was raising the VAT.
He said the couple seemed sincere so he and gave them a chance to construct and deliver the one loo. But this has not been done.
Malabi said he believed he was being taken for a ride and that he was tired of empty promises.
Malabi's battle is not over yet. The Consumer Affairs will assist him to recover his R60500.