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Down time

Finally the courts are ordering the demolition of buildings that don't comply with building laws and regulations. Last month the Grahamstown high court ordered the demolition of a well-known tax professor's illegal mansion at Kenton-on-sea. Now the Port Elizabeth high court has followed suit, ordering the demolition of two guest houses in Summerstrand. The owners, who bought residential properties, had opportunistically built on extra rooms and floors, turning them into guesthouses infringing on building lines and without planning permission. They then used every trick in the book  – plus a few new ones – to sidestep court orders, while filling beds and raking in the cash.


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