IIegally occupied government buildings to be recovered

The Gauteng Infrastructure Development announced on Tuesday that it would recoup government buildings which are illegally occupied across the province. Photo: Thato Mahlangu

The Gauteng Infrastructure Development announced on Tuesday that it would recoup government buildings which are illegally occupied across the province.

Gauteng Infrastructure Development MEC, Jacob Mamobolo who was speaking at the provincial legislature, said the department intended to utilise these buildings for student accommodation and other service delivery requirements.

He added that there were numerous properties which were illegally occupied and were a threat to nearby communities.

Some are valuable assets while others were non-core assets, which are yet to be auctioned.

“I will be taking this initiative to the other parts of the province to reclaim these properties for the interests of the people of Gauteng,” said Mamabolo.

The department said the move was part of its objective to exceed the value of registered and strategic government owned buildings.

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Last year, the department completed the Immovable Asset Register with more than R31 billion and a programme is also being done to ensure that these properties are of value to Gauteng residents.

The department said it was already claiming some illegally occupied buildings in Tshwane which will be utilised as student accommodation.

“The department has received the go-ahead from the provincial government to ensure that all public properties are managed effectively and efficiently in order to relieve the province of the unnecessary costs such as those related to security and maintenance,” said Mamabolo.

He added that the procedure of property disposal of non-strategic buildings was underway, an indication of this is the premier’s official residence which was sold.

The department announced that it would have medium and short-term leases with the private sector so that the provincial government’s property portfolio be used to improve the economy.

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“We will also be going to the market to acquire technical capacity to manage these properties, enter into lease agreements and collect revenue to ensure that these assets can serve the needs of the people of our province,” said Mamabolo.

The department also said it has built an automated electronic asset register system which falls under the department’s project known as Lutsinga Infrastructure House (a hub which monitors project performance and maintenance) which will allow constant surveillance of all government buildings.

 

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