Pilgrim's Rest to 'shut down'

2012-07-05 09:18
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Johannesburg - Seventeen businesses in Pilgrim's Rest, Mpumalanga, have been ordered to close by the end of the month, according to a report on Thursday.

The Times reported that the provincial department of public works, road and transport issued the businesses with eviction orders on Friday, giving them 31 days to close.

The historic gold mining town's architecture had remained unchanged since the 1800s and it was declared a national monument in 1986. It was run by the department of public works, and business owners leased properties, the newspaper reported.

Tourism was the backbone of the town's economy and provided employment to residents of the Schoonplaas township.

Department spokesperson Dumisa Malamule confirmed to The Times that 17 tenants had been issued with eviction notices.

He said the department had advertised the leasing of buildings in a tender bulletin in October, and the closing date was in November.

"The leases of all business which were on tender had expired. The whole tender process was finalised in June 2012, as the process allowed for a 90-day validity period with an allowance of extension when there is a need," he said.


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