UPDATE: East gran still waiting for new roof, 5 years on

Gogo Mmalehu Nolia Mashigo has to contend with cracking walls. Photos: Stephen Selaluke

The five-year wait for a new roof continues for a Mamelodi East gogo.

Mmalehu Nolia Mashigo’s home was among several damaged in a hailstorm in the neighbourhood in 2013.

The Tshwane metro first promised to replace her asbestos roof, then rebuild the home, but neither had occurred.

Mashigo (78) said municipal workers had even brought the material to replace her roof. but later returned to take it away.

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She said the contractor told her the roofing was being taken away because her home needed to be rebuilt.

“I was told that I was supposed to temporarily move to Nellmapius extension 22 during the rebuilding of my house,” said Mashigo.

“Not only has that not happened, but my roof remains the only one that has not been replaced.”

The problem for Mashigo appeared to be twofold.

She said before the hailstorm damage, she had been informed that her home was in a wetland and which put her a risk of disease and danger of it collapsing on her.

She said she was told it would have to be demolished and rebuilt elsewhere.

Mashigo said the ground in her yard was always wet, sometimes actual water came to the surface making the place frigid.

“I am sure this wet and cold are exacerbating my arthritis.”

She said with winter around the corner, she was concerned for her health.

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“Every year the cracks on the walls widen, every year summer rains damage my furniture yet the metro still sends me monthly rates and taxes bills.”

She pleaded with the metro to come to her rescue.

In 2008, the government banned asbestos products from being used to roof homes following concerns about silicosis.

The government resolved to strip all affected roofs and replace them with corrugated iron.

No comment had been received from the City of Tshwane at time of print.

Gogo Mmalehu Nolia Mashigo has to contend with cracking walls. Photo Stephen Selaluke.

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