Council to probe Meyersdal house collapse

Johannesburg - The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) said on Tuesday it will investigate the Meyersdal house collapse that killed seven workers.

"The NHBRC has sent a structural engineer and an inspector to the site of the collapsed house in Meyersdal today to properly investigate the project," Jeffrey Mahachi, head of the NHBRC's centre for research and housing innovation, said in a statement.

It wanted to establish the cause of the collapse and whether it fell within the ambit of the Housing Consumers Protection Measures Act.

Part of the luxury house in the Meyersdal Eco Estate in Alberton, south of Johannesburg, collapsed while builders were working on it on Monday morning.

Seven workers were killed.

Two of them were cut in half, Ekurhuleni emergency services spokesperson William Ntladi said on Monday.

Eight workers were injured.

"We continued with search in the morning where we removed rubble using excavating machines and did not find any bodies," Ntladi said on Tuesday.

The search was called off shortly before 13:00 when everyone who was on site was accounted for.

The Meyersdal Nature Estate Homeowners' Association said it would continue to co-operate with emergency services.

The association added that a trust would be set up to help the families of the deceased.

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Nin Ja Kitty 2014-08-19 05:03:00 PM
The owner will have a lot to answer for. Such a sad loss of life, so unnecessary, just because someone had enough money to buck the system.
Jamill Ahmed 2014-08-19 05:06:54 PM
I dont think the owner is to be blamed its the person that accepted the contract
Hetty Oliver 2014-08-19 05:17:58 PM
sub standard cement. Who pays R9million for a house and then does renovations??
Margaret Cox 2014-08-19 05:21:01 PM
Probe. The most over-used word today. Oh, and Not Aware.
Anele Andy 2014-08-19 05:36:10 PM
lack of skills here Umzantsi @ those a skilled a still not getting payed enough money
Werner Nel 2014-08-19 05:43:48 PM
The real reason for this, as anything else. Where was the councel building inspectors? In the past they tracked and approved the construction stages. Can remember they used to fail a hollow doorframe.....Today you can build without even submitting and order....aint working
Johnson Segole Gupsy 2014-08-19 05:57:39 PM
Such tragedies would not occur if authorities were strict and not being lenient and sympathetic to building companies. Now look at the loss of life. what next for the next of keen? The owner should be held fully accountable if investigations point to him. A case of murder should also be investigated like motor vehicle accidents. Billy. In Evaton.
Bento Maepa 2014-08-19 05:58:40 PM
Cutting corners, substandard material, working to unrealistic deadlines, concrete amd some sections of walls not let to dry adequately before building onto them, lintels not propped up for support, etc, etc.
Johnson Segole Gupsy 2014-08-19 06:07:21 PM
Such tragedies would not occur if the Authorities were strict enough on building projects and building renovations. Their leniency and sympathy should not be overlooked. Should investigations point towards the owner, A case of murder should be investigated. Same as in fatal motor vehicle accidents. Billy Segole.Evaton.
Hlengani Fickson Makhense 2014-08-19 06:17:43 PM
Sorry to the family's of dead people,such thing happen unexpected.