Cost of fixing shoddy work

THE department of Human Settlements has spent R863,9million on fixing more than 131 000 RDP houses and rebuilding 368 in the last financial year.

THE department of Human Settlements has spent R863,9million on fixing more than 131 000 RDP houses and rebuilding 368 in the last financial year.

"Provincial Human Settlements are planning to demolish and rebuild a total of 2489 units in the 2010-11 and subsequent financial years," spokesperson Chris Vick said.

More than 5000 houses with faults will be fixed in the 2010-11 financial year at a cost of R971,1million.

"About 386 houses were demolished and rebuilt in the last financial year at a cost of R14,3million nationally," Vick said.

"So far 131380 houses have been corrected. These houses did not need to be rebuilt but certain aspects had to be fixed so that they conformed to quality standards," he said

It cost the government R849,6million to correct poor workmanship.

Gauteng has the highest number of correction works, with 117451 units that had to be fixed in the last financial year at a cost of R528million.

Another 4010 still have to be done in the 2010-11 financial year at a cost of R18million.

The Eastern Cape and Northern Cape are also proving to be expensive, with R73million spent and R300million still to be spent in this financial year for East Cape. Northern Cape has already spent R25,4million and will spend R399 million on fixing bad workmanship.

The province with the least problems is Limpopo, with 189 houses that had to be rebuilt last year at a cost of R1,4milliom. No money will be spent in the province for rectification this financial year.

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