Company to fund collapse victims' funerals

Johannesburg - The construction company involved in renovating a house that collapsed killing seven people in Alberton, south-east of Johannesburg, will contribute to the funerals of those killed, it said on Wednesday.

"We have met with the families of the deceased and we will be assisting with contributions for the funerals," Romicon owner Sean Romburgh said in a text message to Sapa.

"We have also arranged trauma counselling for family and staff members for today [Wednesday]."

He said the company would release a statement later on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Ekurhuleni municipality said no building plans of the house were submitted for approval.

"No plans were submitted to the City of Ekurhuleni, deeming the whole construction illegal," municipal spokesperson Themba Gadebe said at the time.

"Any builder constructing any structure should first submit plans for approval, as required by the law."

Seven construction workers were killed when part of the house in the Meyersdal Eco Estate collapsed on Monday.

Two of the dead workers were cut in half. Eight other workers were injured.

A search at the collapsed house was called off shortly before 13:00 on Tuesday when everyone who had been on site was accounted for.

The National Home Builders' Registration Council said on Tuesday it was investigating the incident.

Yvonne Pietersen 2014-08-20 11:13:39 AM
The truth will be revealed soon
Thina Mapipa 2014-08-20 11:14:12 AM
THAT'S THE LEAST THEY COULD DO WHEN THEY HIRED PEOPLE TO WORK ON A ILLEGAL JOB SITE AND END UP NOT MAKING IT HOME TO THEIR FAMILIES!! THIS IS A SAD STORY TRULY! SOMEONE HAS TO BE ACCOUNTABLE!
Deepandsoulfulhouse DjVido Buka 2014-08-20 11:15:27 AM
May their souls rest in Peace, May this be a lesson for those in construction to put safety First!!!
Mary-Ann Lowe 2014-08-20 11:21:38 AM
THAT Company! Who ever they are, should be held responsible for those poor workers deaths!
Chase Cameron 2014-08-20 11:29:33 AM
Assisting with contributions? No mate, you should be sued for negligence.
WildCatSally 2014-08-20 11:36:39 AM
Oh how "noble" to help with funerals and counselling.. They broke the law, people where killed which is tantamount to murder!
Riyaad Hendricks 2014-08-20 11:50:38 AM
The Eco Estate needs to be held accountable as well as they provide the home owners with their approved list of contractors and architects. Why were the contractors allowed to start on the renovations when the plans were not approved?
Nin Ja Kitty 2014-08-20 11:55:50 AM
The construction company involved in renovating a house that collapsed killing seven people in Alberton, south-east of Johannesburg, will contribute to the funerals of those killed, it said on Wednesday. Will contribute................. how about pay for the lot and also ensure that appropriate compensation is paid to the grief stricken family members that are left behind. Then the health and safety inspectors and the town planner ( building plans were never approved) all be thrown into the nick and have the frikking key thrown away. They clearly believe that life is so cheap.
@Zido786 2014-08-20 11:58:48 AM
The construction company as well as the owner should be held liable for deaths as well as a lifetime contribution to the families of the deceased
Mary-Ann Lowe 2014-08-20 12:34:57 PM
Wow! Just gave myself a thumb down. Just wanted to see who is the "sick" person that gave me a thumb down. Identify yourself!