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KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY L N SISULU MINISTER OF HOUSING AT THE FIRST ANNUAL GOVAN MBEKI HOUSING AWARDS

27 October 2006
Centre Court, Emperor’s Place
Johannesburg
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Ministers
Deputy Ministers
Members of the Provincial Executive Councils
Chairperson and Members of the of the Portfolio Committee on Housing
Chairperson and Members of the Select Committee on Social Services
Chairperson and Council of the NHBRC
Chief Executive Officers of Housing Institutions
Finalists of the Award Categories
Honored guests
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Here is the real reason why we are here today. The respected philosopher Bertrand Russell ascertained for all to look out for this danger point:
"One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important".
I believe my work is terribly important. And I know each one here too thinks our work is terribly important. So I considered we might as well all come here and have a communal nervous breakdown
It is with great pride that today we celebrate the first Govan Mbeki awards. In our calenda…

Warning on rogue builders

By Brian Hayward
ROGUE builders cashing in on the building boom in the Eastern and Southern Cape have led to a massive increase in consumer unhappiness, with tens of thousands of complaints – mostly about shoddy workmanship – received by municipalities and industry watchdogs in the past year.
And, they say, part of the problem is a dire lack of experience, with most builders having less than five years’ experience in the field – many attracted by the huge demand for building in the region.
The fact that many homeowners are looking for the cheapest quote is also resulting in poor workmanship, they claim.
Colin Pollock, regional manager of the National Home Builders’ Registration Council (NHBRC), said the buoyant industry was the reason for the increase in problems experienced by home owners, with a rise of more than 30% in complaints to the organisation this year.
“Seventy per cent of the builders in Nelson Mandela Bay have been in the industry for under five years,” he said.
All builders ar…