Praise for Msunduzi’s detailed land audit

2014-09-09 00:00

THE long-awaited Msunduzi Municipality land audit has been completed.

Judging by councillors reaction to the voluminous document recently, it was well worth the wait.

They praised the detail and the amount of work that went into compiling the monumental tome.

For the first time council has an idea of how much property it owns across the city, where these are located in the city and their strategic value.

The audit found that there were 9 000 properties — 6 000 of which have been fully accounted for. However, work is still ongoing to verify details over the other 3 000.

Deputy municipal manager Ray ­Ngcobo said some properties were harder to find because they had multiple descriptions. Some may have been removed from the masterfile as they were earmarked for a development that may not have taken place. There was also the problem of municipal property that was sold but not removed from the asset register.

Msunduzi town planner Mthobisi Khumalo said in his presentation to council, the next step was to find the “dead properties” that are not on the municipal nor on the private property lists.

They will also have to clean out the property databases. Khumalo asked for Exco’s support to extend the project to do a land audit across the municipality involving all properties both council and privately owned.

He said it was imperative that an office for a strategic land release programme and investment be established in order to promptly update, compile and archive all land release related information

Councillor Bill Lambert said he was pleased to see that Khumalo knew what he was talking about, and councillor Judy Lawrence said the team did a sterling job.

“I saw what they produced and clearly a lot of work has gone into the final property descriptions,” Lawrence said.

She added that if they could do such an audit for the entire city, there would be a wonderful base to work from.

“One day we could know the number of light poles and storm water drains in our city and where they are,” Lawrence added.

Ngcobo said the aim was to move to a situation where they could provide a complete municipal property investment and development portfolio.

• nalini@witness.co.za

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