Government, Sapoa join forces to solve problems

Posted On Wednesday, 22 September 2004 02:00 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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Commercial property association Sapoa and various government departments have agreed to work together in finding solutions to problems facing the property industry.

Sapoa CEO Neil GopalSome of the problems that property players have encountered include long delays in receiving rates clearance certificates from local government departments, as well as delays in the planning sectors of some city councils. In some cases, property developments have not been correctly billed for years.

A workshop hosted by Sapoa and sponsored by Sanlam Property Asset Management was held almost two weeks ago at Zimbali Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal. Key property players and public officials discussed local and national government strategies and issues.

Participants in the workshop included representatives of the provincial and local government department, the eThekwini municipality, the City of Johannesburg, City of Cape Town, the deputy director- general of the public works department, the trade and industry department, the South African Local Government Association and the South African Revenue Service.

"What was extremely encouraging was that government and the private sector would like to take all these solutions forward together and in so doing create the success of private and public partnerships," says Sapoa CEO Brian Kirchmann.

"The encouraging aspect of this conference was the willingness with which government officials attended and participated in the discussions.

"Although no resolutions were made at the time, the government departments wish to interface with Sapoa to find solutions to sort out these problems."

Speakers at the workshop also highlighted areas in which local government had made substantial progress in developing strategies to improve efficiencies and to implement plans for inner-city development and regeneration.

City of Cape Town representative Anine Trumpelmann told the workshop about recent moves to demarcate urban development zones for purposes of tax incentives.

The incentive is aimed at rejuvenating derelict inner-city areas, as well as areas where there has been major infrastructure investment in the past, but where neglect and disinvestment have led to decay.



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