Another illegally occupied property reclaimed by DID
THE Gauteng department of infrastructure development (DID) has reclaimed another government property that is illegally occupied and being used to generate income for a bogus landlord.
The property, which is located in Mogale City is used without any lease agreement and generates more than R18 000 a month. It conducted an investigation on the use of the property after complaints were received from members of the public about the nuisance and inconvenience it caused to neighbouring residents.
The property will be added to the pool of buildings earmarked for use by universities and TVET colleges to meet their infrastructure requirements.
The department set up a round table with universities and TVET colleges last year after the provincial government signed an agreement to use government properties to assist these institutions with their infrastructure challenges.
The roundtable has met four times and concluded engagements for 2017, with a session at Wits University on Tuesday.
It’s capacity to reclaim and reuse government property was strengthened by the finalisation of the Gauteng provincial government immovable assets register in September 2016 – the property portfolio is worth more than R31bn.
The register was established to comply with the government’s Immovable Asset Management Act.
The MEC for infrastructure development, Jacob Mamabolo, warned “private persons and business people who are living or trading in government buildings to exercise great caution”.
“Occupants must ensure that documents and papers purporting to give legitimacy and authority to occupying and utilising any government property are legitimate and valid. The law requires us to account for all government assets under our custodianship,” he said.
Mamabolo went on to say: “I intend ensuring that the letter of the law applies to every property in our portfolio. We are therefore reclaiming government properties one at a time.”
Meanwhile, Gauteng social cluster MECs will today return to the Sicelo Shiceka community in Midvaal to give feedback on commitments and progress made following Premier David Makhura’s visit to the area in October as part of the Ntirhisano Community Outreach programme.
WARNING ISSUED: MEC Jacob Mamabolo.