The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) has sent a structural engineer and an inspector to the site of the collapsed house in Meyersdal today to properly investigate the project. The NHBRC would like to satisfy itself as to the cause of the disaster and as to whether it falls within the ambit of the Housing Consumers Protection Measures Act (Act No.95 of 1998).

The NHBRC urges the public to verify the credentials of builders (developers and subcontractors) before commencing with any construction. Housing consumers are advised to verify beforehand, by contacting the NHBRC either through the toll free number 0800 200 824 or on the website www.nhbrc.org.za , whether or not a company and/or person is a registered home builder.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and ensure that we play our part as the NHBRC and sensitise the public on the potential dangers that could result from structural failure due to sub-standard workmanship,” says Dr. Jeffrey Mahachi, head of the NHBRC Centre for Research and Housing Innovation

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For more information:
Molebogeng Taunyane, Media Specialist
+27 11 317 0070/ molebot@nhbrc.org.za

About the NHBRC
The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) is a statutory body with the responsibility to provide protection in terms of the Housing Consumers Protection Measures Act ( Act No.95 of 1998). It is mandated to provide protection for housing consumers and to regulate the home building industry. For more information: www.nhbrc.org.za

NHBRC is an agency of the Department of Human Settlements
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