JOHANNESBURG – The official residence of the Gauteng premier is going under the hammer in a public auction online.
The Gauteng department of infrastructure development has announced that it is getting rid of about 400 state-owned properties in a move to dispose of non-core assets.
The premier, David Makhura, does not live at the Bryanston residence.
At the first of a series of auctions 18 government properties, including the premier’s residence will be sold.
The Gauteng department of infrastructure development is the custodian of the Gauteng government’s R31-billion property portfolio, which includes schools, clinics, hospitals, libraries and heritage sites
The department is hoping the money collected from the sales will be redistributed to service delivery.
“We noticed that we had assets around the province that weren’t being used and that that was not helping with service delivery. It was better to dispose of these assets,” said the department spokesperson, Theo Nonki.
“The money that will be collected from the sale of the assets will be used for service delivery projects.”
Nonki confirmed that the incumbent premier, David Makhura, has not been living in the official residence, but has been using his private home.
“The property has been used for government functions and hosting guests,” he said.
The auction will conclude on Monday.