Ballito resident charges plumber with fraud

All the plumbing has had to be redone at Chantelle Manning's home after the council inspector failed it.

A disagreement over a plumbing job in Ballito has led to accusations, council inspections and a charge of fraud being opened.

Chantel Manning of Patricia Road contacted The Courier with complaints over work done by Wayne Musgrave of Ballito Maintenance and Plumbing.

Manning, who is doing a remodel of her home, was not satisfied with the work being done and the time it was taking.

Deciding to get a council inspector involved, she was shocked when his report said: “All plumbing needs to be redone as it does not comply”.

However the plumber, Musgrave, claims that any irregularities are Manning’s own doing because he claims she submitted no building plans and insisted on pipes and the like being moved because they were not “aesthetically pleasing”.

“I called the inspector and asked him how he could have written such a message and asked him if he has seen any building plans? He said no, he just assumed there were some plans in place,” said Musgrave.

Manning said she wanted pipes moved because they were in the wrong places. She has opened a case of fraud with Umhlali SAPS against Musgrave and wants the R30000 she paid refunded.

On his quote, Musgrave states that all plumbing will be installed by a registered, qualified plumber and that he will supply a compliance certificate.

However, in order to issue a certificate of compliance, the plumber needs to be qualified. Musgrave has failed to provide any proof of qualifications.

Chantel Manning is remodeling her home in Patricia Road and all the plumbing has had to be redone after a council inspector failed it.

Neither he nor his company are registered with the Institute of Plumbing SA (IOPSA) or the Plumbing Industry Registration Board (PIRB), said IOPSA’s national complaints and events administrator, Bianca Brown.

Musgrave however, insists that he is a master plumber: “I have been a plumber for 18 years overseas in England and in KZN,” he said.

He claims that he completed his trade test in Springs in 1999 but in spite of multiple requests, could not provide proof.

“It takes some time to get a copy as it has been done so long ago. It is not easy to get another copy as they need some special instructions as it went into a special storage place and costs a lot of money to get another copy,” Musgrave claimed.

Dolphin Coast IOPSA co-ordinator Barry Chapman said that one does not have to be registered with IOPSA or PIRB in order to work as a plumber. However registration either with them or the municipality is mandatory to issue certificates of compliance.

KDM media liaison officer Sipho Mkhize said that they could find no record of Ballito Maintenance and Plumbing or Wayne Musgrave on the KDM suppliers database.

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Allan Troskie
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