PRETORIA, The South African National Home Builders’ Registration Council (NHBRC) has introduced new builder registration and enrolment certificates as a means of reducing fraud in the sector.
NHBRC Business Services Executive Thitinti Moshoeu says the council has enhanced the security features of the new certificates based on industry standards after a number of fraudulent activities, which posed a risk to the builders’ warranty fund, were reported.
The new security measures include an embedded watermark during paper manufacturing; chemically sensitive paper; micro printed text; background image printed with fine line security and control numbers done with an ink that cannot be rubbed off, Moshoeu said.
He urged homeowners, including potential home buyers and financial institutions, to familiarise themselves with the enhanced certificates and to exercise caution when dealing with contractors, developers and builders.
He said the public must ensure that they verify the builder registration and home enrolment with the NHBRC.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK