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Nailing the scope of SA’s killer roof problem is up in the air - literally

An aerial survey needs to be done and people educated on the risks posed by asbestos roofs, says an expert

Paul Ash and Graeme Hosken

If the government doesn’t have the money to replace asbestos roofs on SA’s low-cost houses, it should at least commit to an aerial survey to determine the scale of the problem and educate people about the dangers of damaged structures.

This is the view of architect and academic Dr Hannah le Roux, of Wits’ School of Architecture and Planning in Johannesburg, in the wake of the growing scandal in which the well-connected Blackhead Consulting allegedly siphoned off millions of rand in a tender to survey asbestos roofs in the Free State.

The company is being investigated by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) for corruption. Bank records seen by investigators show the company allegedly made numerous payments to government officials at provincial and national level, and to the ANC...

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