The Gauteng government will sell most of the properties it owns, in a bid to cut costs, Premier David Makhura said on Tuesday.
“We are confident that this decision will not only save us money from maintenance, but will help raise additional resources to fund the TMR (transformation, modernisation and re-industrialisation) priorities,” Makhura told members of the provincial legislature in reply to a question from opposition parties.
The infrastructure development department was given the mandate to sell the properties.
Only properties and land that contributed to service delivery, infrastructure development, and transformation would not be sold.
The DA previously questioned the annual R1.5m it cost to run Makhura’s Bryanston state house, when he used his private residence. He said it was used for official business and meetings.
A decision about whether to sell it would follow completion of the asset register and valuation of all the Gauteng government’s fixed assets, he said.