Land audit programme well underway

2017-03-15 08:20

AS custodian of immovable assets, the Department of Roads and Public Works commenced with a comprehensive land audit programme in September 2015.

This is an in-house verification exercise that commits to physically validate all state-owned assets over a three-year period.

According to the MEC for the Department, Thandiswa Marawu, for the 2017/2018 financial year the Department plans to complete land audits in ten municipalities, which will include, among others Buffalo City, Nyandeni, Nelson Mandela Bay and Sakhisizwe.

“In order to conform to the requirements of the Spatial Land Use Management Act (SPLUMA), the Department will commence with the consolidation and rezoning of some of its properties. Twenty consolidations and ten rezonings are envisaged,” said Marawu.

A request for proposal for the construction of the long-awaited Bhisho Office Precinct on Erf 4785, Bhisho (adjacent to the House of Traditional Leaders) will commence in this financial year. According to Marawu, the construction phase will immensely contribute to job creation for local people.

Occupation of the new Bhisho Contact Centre adjacent to the Bhisho Massacre Memorial will be ready by May 2017. This new facility will assist all the users with a 150-seater conference facility with four break-away rooms that will be available to all the government departments and organs of state to use.

A total of 120 condition assessments of state-owned buildings are planned for the new financial year.

The Department will advertise 15 properties for revenue generation. These properties will be leased out with a long-term lease to generate substantial income for the benefit of communities and the Province.

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