No plan for Actonville lifts yet

Metro spokesperson Themba Gadebe said: “A report for installation of lifts for Pauline Davis Court and Deneys Conradie Residentia was presented before the Bid Adjudication Committee and was not supported.

“The committee resolved that the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality’s Human Settlements Department must go on an open tender for new lifts.”

The municipal response did not touch on the lifts at Delhi Court and Karachi Court, in Actonville.

 

Clr Haseena Ismail (Ward 29) and David Chetty stand on the outside stairs at Delhi Court, in Actonville.

 

The comment stated that council hopes to appoint a contractor before July 1.

According to Gadebe, it costs approximately R1.3-million for a new lift.

His comment stated the current budget allocation to refurbish the lifts for 11 complexes in Ekurhuleni was R13 475 691, though comment received in June, last year, stated the budget for major maintenance of the lifts (capital-related projects and work) was R3.2-m.

The metro was asked for clarity on the matter, but no further comment was received at the time of going to print.

The comment finally stated the department will use three quotation procedures to effect minor repairs to lifts at council-owned flats, in order to provide temporary relief to the elderly residents living there.

 

Mary Goby.

 

In a recent article published by the City Times, it was stated Mary Goby approached the South African Human Rights Commission regarding the lifts.

She complained to the regulatory body about the Ekurhuleni metro’s failure to provide its elderly residents with working lifts.

Clr Haseena Ismail (Ward 29), in whose ward Actonville falls, said the tender process for repairing or replacing the lifts is taking too long.

“The metro doesn’t replace the lifts at Karachi Court or Delhi Court because they say people vandalise the lifts too much,” Ismail said.

 

The broken lifts at Karachi Court, in Actonville.


 

Also read:

Goby approaches Human Rights Commission about lifts

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