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Human settlements will be asked to approve land sales of R18 million

Nov 21, 2014
Human settlements will be asked to approve land sales of R18 million

The Human Settlements Committee will be asked to approved the sale of a number of parcels of municipal owned land at its meeting on Tuesday that collectively have been valued at more than R18 million.

The highest upset selling price of R11 million has been placed on a 6.3 hectare site that is across the road from the Spar distribution centre in Perseverance.

The company wants the land for expansion purposes, the Human Settlements Directorate stating that it is the best option available for Spar “with enough space to construct an operation able to support the business well into the future,” adding that as it is a major employer, every effort should be made to assist the company.

An upset price of R1.38 million has been placed on a 6 580-square metre property in Chevrolet Street, Wells Estate for which the municipality has received several applications.

A number of the properties for sale are wanted by several church organisations, with prices of the land reaching as high as R1.5 million, for a property in Motherwell that is wanted by the Umbablo Community Centre.

An upset price of R460 000 has been placed on another piece of land in Motherwell wanted by the Ethiopian Church of South Africa.

The Human Settlements Directorate has recommended in most instances that the properties should be sold unless they are required for the provision of municipal services.

While the committee may approve the sale of the properties at its meeting on Tuesday, it is unlikely that these items will be processed in time to appear on the agenda for the final council meeting of the year on Thursday. - metrominutes