Concerning progress on the Immovable Asset Register IAR enhancement programme, the DPW reported that a physical verification of the identified land parcels was done to confirm, amongst other things, the use of the property, nature of the facility, improvement on the facility, etc. A desktop clean-up and analysis system is done to achieve a cleansed list of land parcels to be physically verified, to obtain supporting documents for the land parcels to confirm ownership, and drawing of footprints to establish extents of buildings per site. Further, they compile Improvements Register based on the GIS Maps and physical verification, and the compilation of the Components Register is based on predefined components in order to comply with GRAP and valuations are conducted.
DPW reported that the land reform programme consisted of land restitution, land redistribution, and land tenure. Land redistribution was aimed at providing the formerly disadvantaged and the poor with access to land for residential and productive purposes. Tenure reform is intended to provide secure tenure for those living for a long time on land owned by others including state properties without secure rights. DPW would support the fast-tracking of land reform initiatives. Well located land would be identified for land reform purposes to address the racial and spatial imbalances of the past using the Asset Register as the source data and in alignment with the draft National Spatial Development Framework.
This would support an integrated and programmatic approach to land availability and development. In this regard, Further, the Department was in the process of issuing 33 title deeds to emerging farmers. Conveyancing of 33 land parcels was also currently under way. Meanwhile the Department of Human Settlements DHS indicated its focus during this MTSF period was on the implementation of a coherent programme to transform human settlements and to ensure the delivery of housing was used to restructure towns and cities and strengthen the livelihood prospects of households and overcome apartheid spatial patterns.
The Department stated the identified state properties by the DPW were represented the first batch of state land required for human settlements development purposes. In line with the Inter-Ministerial Committee Land Reform mandate relating to the accelerated Land Reform Programme, the identified properties could be released by a way of a Power of Attorney in favour of human settlements to ensure immediate development and infrastructure planning.
The location of some of the DPW land was critical to achieve spatial transformation through integrated sustainable human settlements. Members asked how the Department arrived at the R billion figure which was the value for land parcels; asked for clarity why the department was negotiating with the Ingonyama Trust for land because the whole 2. She provided the historical context of the IAR. It also determined the physical verification and condition assessments that must be conducted in accordance with the relevant accounting frameworks and section 13 1 d iii of Government Immovable Asset Management Act.
With regard to progress on the IAR enhancement programme, she reported that a physical verification of the identified land parcels was done to confirm, amongst other things, the use of the property, nature of the facility, improvement on the facility, etc. A desktop clean up and analysis is done to achieve a cleansed list of land parcels to be physically verified, to obtain supporting documents for the land parcels to confirm ownership, and drawing of footprints to establish extents of buildings per site. Further, the Department compiles an Improvements Register based on the GIS Maps and physical verification, and the compilation of the Components Register is based on predefined components in order to comply with GRAP and valuations are conducted.
Ms Matthews stated the confirmation of vesting of state properties was a constitutional requirement to confirm ownership between national and provincial government spheres, and it was a legal requirement to deal with any transaction on a Title Deed of a State-owned property in order to eliminate historical names like the Union of South Africa, Republic of Transkei, Administrator of the Cape of Good Hope, etc. The use of GIS and software tools and technology has enabled the department to consistently improve and maintain its IAR.
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He said available land was referring to land that was not utilised or under-utilised by the state. This included land owned by the national and provincial governments, municipalities, and state-owned enterprises. The urban land was excluded from the process. Registered owner name is national, provincial, municipal or it should be a state owned enterprise. Discrepancies between the deeds registry data and cadastral information were the cause for many properties that could not be mapped at all, and mapped properties were often not accurately represented. The identified property deeds registry data should be linked with cadastral data CSG data.
He stated the analysis focused on properties with linked and linked unsure status, discrepancies associated with linked unsure properties that are accepted while properties not linked were excluded from the analysis. The majority of land parcels were available in North West approximately land parcels or She said the programme consisted of land restitution, land redistribution, and land tenure.
Regarding land restitution, the Constitution provides that persons or communities who were dispossessed of property after 19 June as a result of past racially discriminatory laws or practices were entitled in terms of an Act of Parliament to restoration of that property or to equitable redress. To date, 14 land parcels measuring The release of 26 land parcels was in progress and would be finalised by end of March Its scope includes the urban and poor rural, labour tenants, farm workers as well as new entrants to agriculture.
The targeted persons include farm workers, former farm workers, as well as labour tenants.
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Finally, she said 77 land parcels were identified for Human Settlements of which 20 properties have been valued at approximately R Briefing by Department of Human Settlements Mr Lucien Rakgoale, Land Acquisition, Housing Development Agency, said that their focus during this MTSF period was on the implementation of a coherent programme to transform human settlements and to ensure the delivery of housing was used to restructure towns and cities and strengthen the livelihood prospects of households and overcome apartheid spatial patterns.
Their main objective was to eliminate legacy imbalances in the distribution of housing typologies in developments and to ensure the delivery of services towards a more inclusive and integrated residential landscape. By the Department would like to have achieved measurable progress towards breaking apartheid spatial patterns with significant advances made towards retrofitting existing settlements offering the majority of South Africans access to adequate housing, affordable services in better living environments within a more equitable and functional residential property market. He stated the identified state properties by the DPW were representing the first batch of state land required for human settlements development purposes.
However, Human Settlement managed to make few comments on some of the concerns raised by the members. All the departments were asked to respond in writing to questions relevant to them. Members indicated they were impressed by the way the Department of Public Works responded in writing and the other departments were expected to respond in the same fashion. The Minister of Public Works asked the Department of Human Settlements to explain what it meant by the Power of Attorney because his department has transferred land to the people and government gratis because there was going to be construction of houses for the poor.
There were big businesses that have been making money from this transferred land and the department was not benefitting from them. That was why he asked what the power of attorney meant in this context. Commercial development happened and the state did not get anything in return. Once the land is made available to Human Settlements, before it gets transferred, there is always an agreement in place on what the land is for in order to have a seamless chronological plan for its use to avoid having it used for commercial purposes.
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Some properties were identified because people have settled and the tenure of beneficiaries was secured. There have been agreements where the land has been released for people, but people could not have title deeds because the agreements entered into were not thoroughly exhausted.
Mr M Filtane UDM , first, wanted to understand how the Department identified a vacant land parcel when it was using a desktop system or clean-up. Second, he asked how the Department arrived at the R billion figure which was the value for land parcels. Third, he wanted to find out if the Department of Public Works had enough manpower to establish the existence of land parcels over and above the desktop system. Fourth, he asked for clarity on why the Department of Public Works was negotiating with the Ingonyama Trust for land because the whole 2. Advertisement Hide. This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.
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