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  • E-mail: post@peoplespost.co.za Tuesday 17 May 2011 Tel: 021 713 9440 Fax: 021 713 9481

    WOODSTOCK/MAITLAND

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    17% INTEREST

    130 SIR LOWRY ROAD WOODSTOCK 021 465 2675

    2002 ALPHA ROMEO 147 2.0

    Dep. R28 000 R1260 x 36 Total R73 360

    2000 VW JETTA 4 1.6 COMFORT

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    Houses for sale poorly maintainedTAURIQ HASSEN

    RESIDENTS living in Maitland GardenVillage fear that the area is being ne-glected and ignored by council, astheir houses continue to fall apart.

    Weak flooring, cracks in the walls, lack ofguttering and drainage systems sum up theproblems at many of the homes in the area.

    Residents now have the opportunity to buythe poorly maintained houses from coun-cil, much to the dissatisfaction of many. Resi-dents rates vary, starting from between R300and R400, with refuge and water bills at-tached.

    Residents will stand a chance to purchasethe houses in the following order:.Houses that were valued at R7 570 in 2005

    will now be valued at R10 491..Houses that were valued at R9 090 in 2005

    will now be valued at R12 172.. Houses that were valued at R22 651 in

    2005 will now be valued at R31 393.According to the ward councillor, Alder-

    man Brian Watkyns, the price of each houseis determined by taking the previously deter-mined house price on 31 December 2005 andincreasing the annual value by the ConsumerPrice Index.

    It is important to note that these revised

    prices must be submitted to the ProvincialMinister for Settlements for approval, saysWatkyns.

    The village was established in 1921 by theCity of Cape Town, primarily for council em-ployees living in Salt River under slum-likeconditions. The houses are now being sold tothe residents.

    Charnell Hendricks, a resident, explainsthat apart from her flooring disintegrating,her windows are unable to open and thecracks in her bedroom walls are growing bythe day.

    I have been living here for a very longtime, and these houses are poorly main-tained, but nothing is being done by counciland we have to live in these conditions, saysHendricks.

    She adds that Maitland Garden Village hasa history, and should be regarded as an areato love and behold.

    Everything is falling apart here, and weare not being recognised by council, so wewant these houses to be maintained by coun-cil, says Hendricks.

    Beatrice Paulse, another local resident, isunhappy with the appearance of her home,saying: they want me to buy this housewhich is in such a poor condition, which Ithink is not fair.

    She adds that her front windows have been

    closed for years, and had to be replaced byherself on numerous occasions.

    During recent years, she has requested thatan additional drain be added to her home, asthe current drain is causing several prob-lems.

    In her bedroom, the cracks in the walls areappearing at every corner, and large gapingholes are appearing in the skirting of her ceil-ing.

    This is how we have to live, but then theyexpect us to vote for these parties and peoplewho do nothing for the community and justwant the vote, says Paulse.

    Sybil van Neel, another resident angeredby the suggestion that she buy the house fromcouncil, says: There are so many problemson these houses, especially the gutters, whichhave not been replaced for years, but they arequick to sell the houses. Most of the houseshave toilets located in the back yards, whichneed to be secured with locks and chains. Re-cently, Martins saw her toilet broken into,with the chain from the toilet stolen, makingthe water gush from the cistern.

    There are lots of problems around thesehouses, and there are lots of people experi-encing the same problems with these hous-es, says Martins.

    Frank Steenkamp had a major problemlast year when ceiling in his lounge caved in

    during winter.I had to move my family out of the house

    for a short period of time in order to get theceiling fixed myself, but these are problemswe are faced with when living in these hous-es, says Steenkamp.

    Watkyns confirmed that a survey was car-ried out earlier this month, to determine theextent of the problems to the houses.

    We had officials going around looking atall the problems at the houses, which tookpart of a general survey in the area, saysWatkyns.

    In line with his personal opinion, Watkynsencouraged anyone willing to buy the homes,to highlight the problems with council beforepurchasing the house.

    If there are major concerns with thehouse, then you should try and bring it up,but if its smaller things that need to be done,then there is very little council can do to as-sist, says Watkyns.

    Major problems include structurally un-sound houses and minor problems include anew coat of paint and damaged walls, saysWatkyns.

    ALMOST THERE: Charnell Hendricks shows how the flooring is aboutto fall in. Photos: Tauriq Hassen

    CRACKED UP: Beatrice Paulse highlights all the cracks in her bedroom walls.

    CLOSED SHUT: Sybil van Neel has not opened herback door for years, due to a faulty door and locks.

  • Page 2 Peoples Post WoodstockMaitland GENERAL Tuesday 17 May 2011

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    Be a blind buddy for a dayMELISSA LE ROUX

    EVERY year, on the last Friday ofMay, the League of the Friends ofthe Blind (Lofob) hosts a BlindBuddy Day to create awareness ofblind and partially-sighted people.

    This year Blind Buddy Dayfalls on Friday 27 May, and peopleare asked to wear Lofobs BlindBuddy sticker to express solidari-ty and support for blind people.

    The Lofob centre in Klip Road,Grassy Park, was established in1933, and strives towards givingblind individuals a chance to liveindependently.

    The first Blind Buddy Day washeld in 2008, when people from allover Cape Town were encouragedto experience what it is like to beblind for a day.

    On the day, participants are en-couraged to wear dark glasses, orto wear a blindfold at home or atthe office.

    Blind Buddy stickers can beobtained from the Lofob centre atR10, and proceeds raised will go to-wards Lofob.

    The centre asks that people en-courage their colleagues, family,friends, communities, and thosewho dare to wear cool shades all

    day long.Companies, schools, institu-

    tions and faith congregations canraise further awareness of BlindBuddy Day, an