Provincial property management Green Paper

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IF you ever had ideas on how Western Cape government should manage its property portfolio, now is the time to have your say.

Provincial property management - Green Paper. CBN 11 June 2001

IF you ever had ideas on how Western Cape government should manage its property portfolio, now is the time to have your say.

On Friday, June 8, 2001, the Green Paper on the management of provincial property is published for public comment. Closing date for your suggestions is July 31, 2001.

The Green Paper is a draft policy aimed at determining the most appropriate framework for the management of provincial property. Your input will be incorporated into the Green Paper, which will culminate into what is known in parliamentary terms as the White Paper.

The White Paper, if adopted by the Western Cape cabinet, will form the policy framework that could lead to the amendment of current Provincial Property Management legislation, or even the adoption of new legislation in this regard.

The Green Paper released today (7 June 2001) is the product of the hard work of a multi-disciplinary task team, appointed last year by Gerrit van Rensburg, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Property Management and Works.

Kevin Roman, Western Cape Executive Manager of Intersite Property Management Services, chaired the task team, which conducted an intensive consultative process in developing the Green Paper.

The task team identified the critical issues that complicate the management of provincial properties, namely:
* The predominance of national legislation related to property management issues
* Problems relating to the endorsement of provincial properties into the name of the Province
* Provincial property services are dispersed and fragmented
* Property management activities take place in various provincial departments
* The absence of the "user-pay" principle prevents the highest and best usage of provincial properties

The Green Paper analyses the background and reasons for the current methods of provincial property management, and suggests alternative strategic frameworks. The aim is to adopt a framework that will ensure the optimal utilization of provincial properties, both in terms of their potential economic and social benefits.

The Green Paper aims to generate debate in this regard, and to obtain inputs from as wide a range of role players and interest groups as possible. It also proposes guidelines to ensure transparency and equity in the process of dealing with provincial properties.

The Green Paper identifies four possible options for the management of provincial properties,
* An internal structural arrangement
* Partial outsourcing
* Full outsourcing
* Corporatisation

Said Van Rensburg: "The Green Paper marks a new era in managing the assets of Western Cape government in terms of their highest and best use. I would like to urge the public, especially individuals with experience and knowledge, to make use of this opportunity to contribute to the debate on provincial property management."

Publisher: Cape Business News
Source: Cape Business News

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