Following the recent contention between the Western Cape Government and non-profit organisation and legal clinic Ndifuna Ukwazi regarding the sale of a vacant site to Tafelberg Remedial School in Sea Point, John Maytham speaks to MEC of Transport and Public Works, Donald Grant about how decisions are made when it comes to the disposal of vacant land.
According to MEC Grant, all property is normally offered to government first and interested government departments will then submit proposals.
With regard to the Sea Point property, Grant says it was part of the development proposals presented in March 2014, where relevant parties were invited to submit representations. He added that at no stage in the process did Ndifuna Ukwazi lodge an objection.
Listen to the full conversation below:
Grant explained the decisions as:
Our property experts look at the site itself on its merits; they put out requests for proposals for the tender. It goes through a tender process then make an award— Donald Grant, MEC of Transport and Public Works
But in this particular case, obviously it was an educational site and the approved tenderer is going to use the site for education even though they paid a substantial amount of money for it.— Donald Grant, MEC of Transport and Public Works
In this case where we are disposing a property then price does play a factor— Donald Grant, MEC of Transport and Public Works