Gauteng to rent despite owning property

2012-09-06 09:19

Johannesburg - The Gauteng provincial government will rent new offices in the Johannesburg CBD even though it owns 20 other properties in the same area, the Star newspaper reported on Thursday.

The Gauteng infrastructure department was looking for three sets of office space in the CBD, which was put to tender last month, according to the newspaper.

The department confirmed the offices would be a provision for the Gauteng provincial government and that the department owns the 20 vacant properties.

Department spokesperson Ramona Baijnath said: "The (20) buildings are still under construction and far from completion.

"There are departments which immediately need space since their current leases have expired or are due to expire."

She said the department had stopped renovating some of the properties due to budget constraints.

One government property, a building next to the ANC's Luthuli House headquarters, was being used for parking by the ANC, according to the newspaper.

The department confirmed it owns the property but did not know the ANC had taken it over.

Baijnath said the property's use would be determined and the occupancy investigated.

The newspaper asked ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza for a comment but said none was received.

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  • johandebeer - 2012-09-06 10:17

    How does one park in an office building?

      victoria.kennedy.3532 - 2012-09-06 11:02

      Good question! I was wondering the same thing. Ridiculous waste of money! Why didn't they renovate one office building at a time? Wow these government departments are down right geniuses. I wonder if they think money grows on trees or that there is a never ending supply? Someone should really explain to them how borrowing money works and what happens when you constantly over spend your budget. News like this frustrates me terribly.

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-09-06 10:20

    I thought the Gauteng Govt was in so much debt??!! Wonder how they get it right to rent with so much outstanding debt??

      victoria.kennedy.3532 - 2012-09-06 11:03

      They are! I think a article said that they are R100 million in debt. Fascinating and simply incredible, it baffles me completely.

  • afrikeni - 2012-09-06 10:51

    Nothing new, double expense on everything. We have consultants coming (and paid) to do jobs of fully salaried employees who have no clue of what they were employed for or rather don't want to work but need massive salaries.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-09-06 11:17

    in other words they have already stolen the money for the renovations and must rent a new building because the old ones haven't been touched, the normal ANC scumbag procedures we are so used to.

  • konstabel.koekemoer - 2012-09-06 11:24

    I just wonder who the buildings that will be rented belong to, would not surprise me if the owner/s are connected in some way with someone high up in the Gauteng provincial government ... whose spouse, friends, cousins, brothers or family trust will be getting this deal?

  • quartus.vanzyl - 2012-09-06 12:12

    the government does not know that the ANC is using their building for parking? What rubbish! So it is us, the taxpayers, paying for the parking.How nice!

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