Thatch Roof Awareness Campaign
Due to the nature of urban area's being substantially more built up than a few years ago, the municipality is now forced to ensure that all households are safe. The primary concern is against fire. Unfortunately thatch roofs are major fire risk, not just for it's owner but for the surrounding areas too.
Lapa's and thatchroofs are now governed by the same laws that govern conventional buildings. ( South African National Standards SANS ) The local councils will therefore by conducting an inquiry into illegal buildings, thatchroofs as well as lapa's. Aerial photographs will be taken to identify where such structures are situated, the council will then target the above mentioned structures. Owners of the premises where buildings, thatchroofs or lapa's are:
a) not built to standard or not within the specification set out in the SANS or,
b) where approved plans was not given by the council,
c) no rational design or engineers certificate, will be issued with notices relating to the misdemeanor and have to apply for approved plans and have engineers certificates issued as well as a certificate of rational design. Please allow us, Die Grashut the opportunity to inspect your thatch roof / lapa to ascertain whether or not it is built to standard.