In a series of fortnightly conversations, John Maytham speaks with Western Cape Premier Helen Zille .
She was taken aback when she learned that the ownership of a prime piece of real estate alongside the V&A Waterfront was secretly transferred.
She says to sort out the issue, her lawyers met with the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) lawyers and the meeting and the meeting was constructive.
We asked them to give us the power of attorney so that we can continue with the rezoning of the land. They have said that we can have the power of attorney which is very important, having acknowledged that anybody who owns that property will need the land rezoned.— Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier
But if we are going to take it further and ensure that we build cross subsidised affordable housing at least in part of that land, then we are going to have to sort out the issue of ownership. And the discussions are still ongoing as far as that is concerned.— Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier
We hoped it will be resolved without it going to court.— Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier
The premier adds that she came out of the meeting quite optimistic as she believes they were operating in good faith.
What we do have to work out is where the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) can operate from and I certainly would be happy if they were part of that precinct, but consolidated in a particular space of that precinct.— Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier
Listen to Helen Zille's interview below: