Joburg homes damaged by storm raise concerns over sub-standard construction
An investigation into how 1‚326 properties were damaged in a violent storm has flagged concerns about sub-standard building materials and a construction company, and has led to the suspension of three officials by the City of Johannesburg.The storm caused extensive damage when it struck the city on December 30 2017‚ raising concern about seemingly poorly constructed homes.Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba said on Thursday that the two-month-long investigation was conducted by independent building construction engineers and a team of assessors and quantity surveyors."The investigation found that the damage caused to these properties was as a result of excessive wind force and the severity of the storm‚" he said. "However‚ poor design and construction methods, and [using] sub-standard building materials in alterations or additions made to properties‚ such as those found in boundary walls put up by property owners‚ left some properties far more exposed to the storm. In addition to this...
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