Homeowner homeless

Cecil Motsepe

Cecil Motsepe

A 59-year-old woman can't move into the house she bought more than a year ago because of a stand-off between the developer and the builder.

In July 2007 Suzan Msimango bought a cluster home at Heritage Manor, Roodepoort, for R529000 from Theos Projects.

Though she paid about R500000 in advance, the three-bedroom house is still incomplete.

"I have lost count of the number of times I have complained to Theos Projects. They kept on sending me from pillar to post," she said.

But after Sowetan accompanied Msimango to Theos Projects' offices in Roodepoort, the company's managers promised to resume construction.

Msimango, who was also accompanied by representatives from the South African National Civic Organisation, was happy after the short meeting.

Theos Projects' Gavin Macguire said the house would be completed in a few weeks.

"We just need her to pay an outstanding amount of R15000."

Asked why the company waited for so long before resolving the matter, Macguire said: "The previous builder was not good enough, which is why we now have a new builder."

Msimango said she was concerned as her bank had started deducting bond repayments. She said the municipality was also billing her.