Hydraform Disowns Hydraform

THE South African company, Hydraform International (Pty) Ltd, has distanced itself from the operations of Namibian company, Hydraform Building Solutions based in Rehoboth.

Hydraform International is known for manufacturing brick-making machines and their denial of having anything to do with the Namibian company follows a story in The Namibian on Friday, in which people who registered for houses with the Rehoboth company claimed they had been waiting for too long for the houses despite paying for them.

The Hydraform Building Solutions Namibia is owned by Marius Kharigub and claims to operate in Rehoboth, Gobabis, Groot Aub and Keetmanshoop. In a letter to The Namibian, the South African company said by using the name Hydraform, Kharigub infers an association between the two companies, a relationship which does not exist.

“Mr Kharigub has no permission or authorisation to use our name, nor does he represent Hydraform, a South African company, in anyway,” the letter said.

Hydraform International (Pty) Ltd sales and marketing director Nazlie Dickson, who signed the letter, said Kharigub bought a second hand brick-making machine from one of their clients many years ago.

Dickson also said Kharigub never had any formal training from them to ensure that he uses the machine correctly and because of that, they are not sure of the quality and standard of his bricks and houses he builds.

“You cannot use river sand. You have to use soil because river sand has stones and that is not good for the mixture,” Dickson said.

A defiant Kharigub on Monday said he does not need any training from Hydraform. He refused to say whether he had authority to use the Hydraform name.

“Do not ask me stupid things. If you want information about Hydraform, set up a meeting and come to my office tomorrow at 10h00. You people do not want to see a black person prospering. You must go to church and pray for your sins,” Kharigub said. “I do not need any training from Hydraform.”

Meanwhile, the Rehoboth Town Council has resolved to make one plot available to Kharigub to build a two-bedroom unit as a sample.

Posting on Rehoboth NUUS Facebook page, the acting CEO, Willie Swartz, on Friday said the resolution was made on 4 November and that anyone on the Hydraform waiting list can buy the house through the bank.

“Council will buy the house from the company, add value by adding a geyser, tiles and ceiling and then get a bank valuation,” Swartz said. He also said council provided the land to see whether the Hydraform concept can deliver low-cost housing as the company claims. Swartz warned people against paying deposits to Hydraform for now.

The Namibian understands that Hydraform has been telling people that the company was allocated 20 plots by the Rehoboth Town Council and that those interested in having houses built for them must pay a deposit of N$60 000 and be put on the list of beneficiaries.

Rudolf Rittman, one of those people who registered in January and paid N$500, said they went to the Hydraform offices and were told that they must first buy a plot for N$60 000 from the company.

“What I do not understand is why they were talking about paying for a plot if, at the time we paid N$500 to register for a five-room house, we were told this included the price of the plot. Why should I pay N$60 000 deposit for a house I have been waiting for since January?” Rittman asked.

Source : The Namibian