Things fall apart at famous Cosmo City

Khanyisile Nkosi

Khanyisile Nkosi

Officials from the Gauteng housing department, First National Bank and developers were yesterday forced to account for shoddy workmanship at Cosmo City.

About 100 disgruntled residents blocked the United States of America and South Africa roads as they protested over the poor state of their houses which they said were literally falling apart.

Cosmo City is a government integrated housing project in north of Johannesburg launched to accommodate people of all income groups.

The initiative is a joint venture of FNB, M5 Developments and the Gauteng department of housing.

After handing over memorandums to the officials residents forced them to go from house to house to inspect damages.

Patrick Mabusela one of the community leaders said their list of grievances included cracked walls, skewed door frames, poor wall plastering and exposed electrical cables.

"We are living under hazardous conditions because of the shoddy work," he said.

Mabusela claimed that M5 Developments were using unskilled labourers to build houses.

William Magane who moved to the area in March said he had to fix his house after developers failed to do so.

"We have been given a raw deal," he said.

Apie Cronje, technical manager for M5 Developments, said his office has established teams to work on the defects.

"We have a file full of snags and have started fixing them. We started fixing early this year and are about to finish," he said.

Cronje said of the 286 complaints listed on their files, 160 have been addressed.

FNB general manager Abel Mngadi said the bank has held meetings with M5 Developments to address residents grievances.