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gautengThe Star reports that the Gauteng government has spent more than R2.3 million paying the City of Joburg rates and utilities for the vacant Bank of Lisbon building.  

The building, which used to house three government departments, caught fire a year ago, leading to the evacuation of staff and the death of three firefighters.  Though the building has been stripped of electrical wires, its biggest monthly expense is the electricity bill of about R141,000.  The building is being prepared for demolition later this year and, although contractors on site use industrial generators for their power supply, they still use the building’s water supply.  MEC for Infrastructure Development and Property Management Tasneem Motara remarked as follows in the Gauteng Legislature:  “We pay rates and taxes because the building is still there.  Rates and taxes are for land use and not necessarily utilities.”  Motara also said that of the 18 buildings the provincial office owned in the city, it only occupied nine because of compliance issues.  She added:  “We have issued landlords who own the 13 buildings we are leasing on behalf of Gauteng Provincial Government with the necessary compliance notices in order to improve on the Occupation Health and Safety of all employees in those buildings.”

  • Read the full original of the above report by Tebogo Monama at The Star


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