Chaos in Construction Industry


Published Date : Aug 20, 2014

Lack of monitoring of construction sites, lousy workmanship, and ignorance of inspections has led to devastating accidents in the construction industry. 

These revelations have affected the construction industry over issues like collapsed illegal structures - killing seven construction workers in Eco Estate, situated outside Alberton, in Meyersdal, Johannesburg, on Monday. 

According to the news, eleven workers survived the devastation unharmed, and one was severely injured due to the crumpling of the house. The victim was under the construction building when it collapsed. 

The Masters Builders SA (MBSA) and the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) highly criticized the construction processes, poor design, and contractors who used shoddy building materials in a bid to cut-slack some costs. The NHBRC is extremely serious about their mandate and hence one of its council spokesperson, Molebogeng Taunyane commented that their objective is very strong and clear. Their mandate protects consumers against inferior quality and fraudulent activities under housing construction practices. While Tumi Dlamini, MBSA spokesperson said the law enforcement agencies were forced to deal with corrupt construction contractors who callously put the lives of civilians in great danger. According to Dlamini and their team study, lack of sufficient skills is the root cause of the growing corruption within the industry. 

Furthermore, MMC Mthuthuzeli Siboza confirmed the approval of housing plan and rezoning of property, and according to the reports, the collapsed portion of the building was not approved by the council. The portion was claimed to be an extension to the property. Siboza said a launch of the forensic investigation has started through which the contravention of the council laws would be determined and the responsible would be condemned by the law. 

Families of the victims and deceased were desperate to receive substantial answers on this incident. They were disappointed by the procedures as they were not allowed into the estate to see the body of their loved ones. 

Elliot Maseko, father of worker Fannie Maseko faced a rough situation during this mishap. He returned home to Katlehong, Palm Ridge without seeing his son’s body. The father of the deceased informed media that his son worked with Rubicon Construction Company for eight years and was never struck with such a construction incident. His death has created a huge void in his family with three children and a housewife. 

Abel Mphahlele, site supervisor at Rubicon Construction also confirmed that the collapsed part of the building (extension) was not a part of the building plan. However, he was not in the position to provide the exacting details as to who ordered the extension.