PROPERTY: New Property Managment Policy
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The City of Cape Town’s Property Management Department has drafted an extensive new policy on the management of its immovable assets, which is now open for public comment until 31 July 2010.
“I would like to remind Capetonians to please familiarise themselves with the new draft policy and take the time to participate by submitting useful comments before it is finalised,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Development and Tourism, Alderman Felicity Purchase.
The new policy seeks to provide a practical framework for the management of the City’s immovable property. It is available in English, Xhosa and Afrikaans either online at http://www.capetown.gov.za/pmbylawandpolicy/Pages/default.aspx or at the City’s Sub-Council offices and public libraries.
Comment can be provided online; via e-mail to PMPolicy.PublicParticipation@capetown.gov.za; via fax on 021 419 5303; or by completing the response sheets available at all public libraries and Sub-council offices.
“We encourage members of the public to use this opportunity to participate in drafting a management policy that will protect the long-term interests of the city and its diverse community interests,” said the City’s Executive Director: Economic and Social Development, Mansoor Mohamed.
Alderman Felicity Purchase, reiterated this point, adding that the public should become actively involved in a process which would ultimately affect them.
The new policy is divided into three chapters, which address general matters, disposal systems and reservations. Below is a brief summary of the information included in each chapter. Residents are encouraged to read the entire document to ensure that they are fully informed before commenting.
The first chapter on general matters details the City’s main functions for the following beneficiaries, in order of priority:
· Utilisation and management of City assets for municipal service delivery, such as water and sanitation;
· Utilisation and management of City assets for broader municipal services for the community, such as local sport facilities;
· Utilisation and management of City assets for individual members of the community, such as leases for gardening work;
· Alienation of property that is surplus to the City’s requirements;
· Acquisition of property or property rights for municipal purposes.
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