Tongaat Mall - construction company linked to other “shoddy” construction

The Tongaat Mall, which collapsed yesterday, has been linked to a construction company which  has already been criticised for its subpar building standards.

The tragedy occurred late yesterday, trapping 50 workers under cement and rubble. A three storey section of the half built Tongaat Mall collapsed while supports were being removed according to an eyewitness.

The Witness newspaper reported that they had established that the construction was linked to controversial businessman Daniel “Jay” Singh and Rectangle Property Investments. Mr Singh’s son, Ravi Jagadasan is the remaining sole director for Rectangle Property Investments.

This tragedy is not the first time that Singh has been linked to “shoddy building work” as two of his housing developments - Burbreeze and Hammonds Farm - has come under fire for below standard construction.

After the collapse yesterday eThekwini Deputy Mayor, Nomvuza Shabalala, had said to that the municipality had obtained a court interdict last month to stop the construction the mall.

Reports from various sources confirm that the project has been fraught with delays since the beginning. Mr Singh also confirmed that building plans for the mall had not been approved at the start of the construction, but added that it is not uncommon for construction to start before a project’s plans had not been approved by the municipality.

He further added that engineers from Johannesburg would be flown in to inspect the rubble to find out what exactly went wrong.

(The Witness and The Mercury)

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