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Virginia Keppler
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15 Sep 2017
6:45 am

Tshwane’s empty promise of low cost housing

Virginia Keppler

The city currently owns seven buildings in the Pretoria central business district.

Cornubia Housing Development.

The City of Tshwane still has no idea when they will start to renovate the dilapidated Schubart Park and Kruger Park into low cost housing and human settlements, as promised.

According to a source, the city has instead diverted its attention to the 128 land parcels in the West Capital Precinct that was transferred, allegedly without the approval of the council, in 2013.

The source said it was agreed during a council meeting in 2013 to only transfer the remainder of portion 6 (rental value R200 000), the remainder of Erf 14, the farm Pretoria Town and Townlands 351 (rental R1.5 million) and Erf 3022 Pretoria (rental R215 000).

The DA is now in the process of obtaining legal opinion regarding the land transactions. Tshwane spokesperson Lindela Mashigo said the city currently owns seven buildings in the Pretoria central business district.

This include Tshwane House, HB Phillips, Kruger Park, Schubart Park, the Old Fire Station, City Hall, Barolak Building and other small lots that are used for investment purposes.

He said Schubart Park, Kruger Park and HB Phillips and the Old Pretoria Fire Station are currently unoccupied. The fire station will be turned into offices as soon as plans and budgets are in place.

“HB Phillips has only been vacant for some weeks and is due for renovations. Kruger Park and Schubart Park were condemned for human occupation,” he said.

In his 2014 state of the capital address, the former mayor of Tshwane, Kgosientso Ramokgopa, claimed the refurbishment of the Schubart Park housing complex would be finished within 24 months but in March this year 1 500 residents took to the street demanding the speedy refurbishments of the flats. – virginiak@citizen.co.za