It’s badly constructed, dangerous and an eyesore in the upmarket estate she had bought into. Her three-year fight with the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) hasn’t got her anywhere. The Human Settlements Ombudsman (HSO), who was appointed by previous human settlements minister Lindiwe Sisulu, intervened, but the council told him he had no real legal or enforcement powers, so ignored his ruling.
It raises the questions: what’s the point of the HSO, whose office remains in limbo two years after appointment because the ministry is yet to deliver legislation clarifying its powers? What does the NHBRC do for housing consumers? Why does the ministry appear indolent on housing issues?...
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