Ferryman’s owner answers on state of hotel

RENOVATIONS DELAYED: The Ferryman’s Hotel has been in a state of disrepair for some time Picture: JON HOUZET

A YEAR after the municipality issued a warning to the owner of the dilapidated Ferryman’s Hotel that he was contravening the National Building Regulations and to rectify his property, nothing has been done.

The building, in a prime spot on the Kowie River, has been in a state of disrepair for some years, with both residents and visitors commenting on the seeming neglect. The portion called the annex is visibly derelict, with broken windows.

In response to TotT’s queries, owner Johan Kleyn said “extensive renovations” had taken place on the hotel interior before he got sick, including plumbing, repairing of leaks, tiling, stripping paint and replastering.

But he admitted no work had taken place in more than a year.

“When you have a backlog, you don’t wipe it out overnight,” he said. “The fact nothing has happened doesn’t mean nothing will happen.”

See the full story in this week’s Talk of the Town.

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