An­other il­le­gally oc­cu­pied prop­erty re­claimed by DID

The New Age (Northern Cape) - - GAUTENG NEWS - NTOMBI NKOSI ntombin@the­newage.co.za

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.

PIC­TURE: BONGIWE MCHUNU

WARN­ING IS­SUED: MEC Ja­cob Mam­abolo.

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