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Root­ing out cor­rup­tion in prop­erty sec­tor

Pub­lic Works Min­is­ter Thu­las Nx­esi has called on prop­erty sec­tor rep­re­sen­ta­tives and mem­bers of the pub­lic to work with gov­ern­ment to ex­pose cor­rup­tion.

“It is in all our in­ter­ests to stamp out this cul­ture of cor­rup­tion, a prac­tice which has brought this coun­try to the brink of dis­as­ter,” the Min­is­ter said.

Speak­ing at the launch of the Ex­pe­dited Lease Re­newal Process re­cently, Min­is­ter Nx­esi ac­knowl­edged that poor gov­er­nance and con­trols have led to much of the chaos in the leas­ing environment. He em­pha­sised that gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to root­ing out cor­rup­tion, pro­fes­sion­al­is­ing the or­gans of gov­ern­ment to strengthen ser­vice de­liv­ery, gen­er­at­ing in­vest­ment and job cre­ation, and driv­ing real so­cio-eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion in the in­ter­ests of all peo­ple.

“We are also putting in place a pro­cure­ment regime which is trans­par­ent to deal with cor­rup­tion. Our eco­nomic cir­cum­stances as a coun­try, as well as pres­sure from Na­tional Trea­sury, dic­tate that we fight cor­rup­tion and state cap­ture, which has been a mas­sive drain on pub­lic funds.

“At the same time, we have to im­prove the way we do busi­ness to con­tain costs and gen­er­ate in­come.”

Min­is­ter Nx­esi said the new di­rec­tion given by Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa is a clear in­struc­tion that it can­not be busi­ness as usual.

“The Pres­i­dent has called for re­newed ef­forts to­wards real so­cioe­co­nomic trans­for­ma­tion in the in­ter­ests of all our peo­ple.

“When I an­nounced that we would be putting out suit­able prop­er­ties to ten­der, this is not an in­vi­ta­tion to ‘rad­i­cal eco­nomic loot­ing ’, whereby a few po­lit­i­cally con­nected syn­di­cate s re­ceive con­tracts in re­turn for pro­vid­ing min­i­mal ser­vice.

“We are tar­get­ing emerg­ing en­trepreneurs who of­fer a real value propo­si­tion and tan­gi­ble ben­e­fits to gov­ern­ment,” the Min­is­ter said.

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