Renovations at Parliamentary villages set Mzansi back by R95 million

Renovations at Parliamentary villages set Mzansi back by R95 million

- The three parliamentary villages in Cape Town will be undergoing renovations

- Minister Patricia de Lille revealed the cost per home will be over R300 000

- This brings the total cost of the project to a staggering R95 million

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South Africa's politicians will be enjoying some pricey upgrades to their homes and the taxpayers will be coughing up a small fortune to see it done.

Minister Patricia de Lille says the average cost of the renovations carried out at each home in the nation's three Cape Town parliamentary villages will be R361 882 each.

TimesLIVE reports that this would bring the total cost up to R95.9 million, with the scope focused on maintenance stemming from a lack of upkeep.

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General repairs like painting and tiling will be carried out, but more luxurious upgrades like new solar heaters, alarm systems and replacing appliances.

The cost per unit for the repairs per unit consists of:

  • Kitchen upgrades - R37,450;
  • Bathroom upgrades - R56,536;
  • Upgrading of all floors - R20,094;
  • Repair/redecorate walls internally and externally - R39,834;
  • Repair/replace doors, windows, burglar bars, gates and bedroom cupboards - R11,923;
  • Structural repairs to walls and floors - R11,923;
  • Redecorate/replace ceilings and cornices - R17,204;
  • Repair/replace/clean roofs, gutters, leaves, downpipes - R46,937;
  • Repair/replace paving, stormwater channels, yard walls and gates - R26,174;
  • Electrical compliance upgrade - R41,479;
  • New solar panels - R19,270; and
  • New alarm system - R7,008. reported that South Africa had already handed over R750 million during the past decade to maintain the three villages.

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