Weekly News letter
Friday, 02 April, 2004

Edition 12 of 2004, Friday 02 April 2004

Dear Reader,

We had calls from our readers wanting to know what is happening with the new Property Rates Bill.

National Assembly provincial and local government committee Chairman Yunus Carrim on Wednesday clarified the apparent "misunderstandings" about the new Property Rates Bill, soon to be enacted by President Thabo Mbeki.

In a statement, Carrim said his committee would like to see the bill that was approved by parlement earlier this year, come into effect from the beginning of the new municipal financial year on July 1.

The Bill allows municipalities the right to introduce a new property rate system. These include the properties of public entities, farmers and others in rural areas, religious, welfare and charitable organisations, independent schools, and conservation bodies.

However, it was emphasised that there were no dramatic increases in property rates pending and rates would be based on the market value of land and buildings.

Property owners will pay much the same rates as before as increases will be inflation-related. The minister of provincial and local government can at any give time intervene to prevent dramatic rates increases.

Under the Constitution, municipalities could not apply rates in a way that undermined national economic policies.

"The government is committed to keeping inflation low, and tax to GDP ratios at 25 percent. "So rates will not be applied in a way that undermines macro-economic stability. The ministers will intervene, if necessary," Carrim said.

On a lighter note, this week we put our focus on Hoedspruit, the town with a difference, the town where the big 5 gets to wear hats!

We also carry on with our discussion on sectional titles, Ombudsman is required, says minister, indeed not to be missed!

Cyberprop greetings!
The editor

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>> Ombudsman is required, says minister

Property Reporter

THE land affairs department is to investigate the feasibility of introducing a sectional titles ombudsman because existing forums for settling disputes are not easily accessible.

A task team has been set up to investigate.

Deputy Agriculture and Land Affairs Minister Dirk du Toit is convinced an ombudsman is needed. He says the Sectional Titles Act of 1986 provides for two kinds of forum for dispute resolution: the courts and arbitrators.

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>> Boschendal Property Development

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THE new owners of the 2240ha Boschendal Estate say they will promote R3,8bn worth of development.

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>> Focus on Hoedspruit, South Africa

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