Today's Big Stories

Pensioner told to vacate home due to sinking foundations

Residents of two complexes in Mossel Bay, Seemeeuvlug in Hartenbos and Tuscan Village, claim they were served with a seven-day notice on September 23 to vacate their houses by the 29th.

This is due to the municipality declaring a state of emergency after the ground under some of the houses started shifting, causing serious damage and posing a high risk.

Walls are cracking and breaking, driveways are shifting putting the lives of residents in danger.

Property owner Rhoda da Silva, says the had a meeting with the municipality, and says they told her that there is nothing they can do to assist them. The municipality also told them that they don't have to pay rates and taxes.

Da Silva bought her property last year October and noticed before she left for holidays in December that the walls were cracking. When she came back in March this year the crack on the walls had worsened.

A lot of people had to vacate their houses. Some of them are staying in other people's garages. The municipality didn't even offer them tents.

Rhoda da Silva, property owner

There were so many reports warning them that the grounds are unstable...we lost R310 000 which is a lot of money for a pensioner.

Rhoda da Silva, property owner

It has emerged that the site was once a quarry which was never correctly filled, making the grounds unstable and dangerous for the homes built on them over the last 17 years.

Listen to Rhoda da Silva explain a devastating moment of losing their property due to shifting grounds:

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