Bidders fidget as City extends polocrosse fields deadline to August

2016-06-17 12:37
The red-brick road around the City Hall.

The red-brick road around the City Hall. (Jonathan Burton)

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Pietermaritzburg - The Msunduzi Municipality had extended the deadline to award a tender for the site of the old polocrosse fields until the end of June.

The 7,7 hectares of land opposite the Showgrounds is being sold by municipal tender and has become a source of fierce bidding by property developers.

The municipality has already postponed the tender award a number of times.

The Witness understands that the offers for the lucrative land has ranged from R60 million to R160 million.

One bidder, who wished to remain anonymous, said the municipality’s long delay in taking the decision was becoming a problem, as final estimates and figures needed to be constantly changed, and there was some uncertainty whether to proceed with other development work and investments until there was clarity on the bid.

Municipal spokesperson Ngobile Madondo said the matter “is being subjected to the requisite supply chain processes of the municipality and therefore cannot be discussed in the public domain.”

Each consortium that tendered also had to submit comprehensive plans to develop the land. All the major bids are understood to have included plans for offices, shops and leisure developments.

The municipality had made the tender available for bidding for the first time in February 2015. Some of the shortlisted consortiums include Pietermaritzburg businessman Paris Dlamini, KZN billionaire Vivian Reddy of the Edison Group and Kugesh Naidoo, director of Pietermaritzburg accounting firm Dobeyn Accounting Solutions.

Invesco Centre owner Kaveer Singh, in partnership with Willmeg Investments — the development wing of the Mattland Group, which owns property adjacent to Invesco Centre — are also among the bidders. Another major player believed to be among the bidders is a consortium that includes KZN property developer Robert Alexander.

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