Markville Flats lift ordeal is almost over

Linda Van Biljon struggles up the stairs to her fourth-floor flat at the Markville Flats building in the CBD.

Residents of the Markville Flats will finally get a new lift after waiting for 26 months.

The building houses elderly residents who have struggled up and down the endless flights of stairs.

Some residents have limited mobility and those who live on the fifth floor have to climb 80 steps to get to their flats.

Also read: Misery continues for Markville Flats residents

After numerous delays, Themba Gadebe, the spokesperson for the metro says it was becoming increasingly expensive to fix the lift and it was cheaper to install a new one altogether.

“A contractor has been appointed to install new lifts.

“The elevator project started on April 11.

“Site preparation works will start in the first week of May.

“The steel has been ordered from abroad and will take between six and eight weeks to arrive in South Africa.

“It should be noted that there are no lift manufacturing companies in South Africa and thus material has to be ordered from abroad,” says Gadebe.

Also read: Dim light at the end of the tunnel for Markville residents

When told about this, resident Linda van Biljon was ecstatic that they will be getting a new lift soon.

“Our prayers have been answered and we are just so grateful.

“Thank you, we are very happy,” says van Biljon.

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