Asla does maintenance

2019-10-10 06:00
A tractor on the Asla land situated along the N2 near Nomzamo.PHOTOS: MZWANELE MKALIPI

A tractor on the Asla land situated along the N2 near Nomzamo.PHOTOS: MZWANELE MKALIPI

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The much disputed Asla land along the N2 highway near Nomzano has been worked on during the last two weeks.

This area has seen illegal invasions taking place over recent months with the latest invaders’ shacks being demolished in September (“Land invasion halted”, City Vision, 12 September).

The company, through its CEO Werner Jerling, said the work comprised general land and drainage management activities.

“We have completed the work we initiated. Further work will probably only follow to the requirements of potential future owners or if we require the land for temporary storage or similar,” he said.

Jerling added that the company is on record that “we have been actively managing this land”.

“Current operations are part of our ongoing activities of managing our land in terms of a contract we, as the landowners, have with our construction division who utilises and works on the land from time to time.

“We have been working on this land on and off for a number of years. The latest activities took place in the last two weeks of September,” confirmed Jerling.

He said the tract of land consists of a number of erven and a number of parties have made offers on some of the erven, with the aim of developing the individual properties in line with the current zoning which is Light Industrial and Commercial.

“Over the years there have been a number of interactions with organs of State in relation to the land,” Jerling revealed.

“This included considerations for education as well as an unsolicited proposal to construct a hospital, which Asla made in 2013. We have not had any recent interaction with the State on the matter of a hospital, but would be willing to discuss this in relation on the remaining erven, should the need exist.”

The demand for the land to be made available for housing intensified before this year’s national elections, with land invaders demanding that the area be released to them.

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