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Schubart Park hopes for a lifeline

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Schubart Park hopes for a lifeline I have long held the believe that the South African "obsession" with housing is illogical and unsustainable. I have previously said it makes no sense to create RDP and affordable housing on large tracts of land situated very far away from most employment opportunities. Poor people have to spend large portions of their meagre income just to get to work (or even worse, to look for work) ... it is illogical. The densification of urban areas in South Africa would therefore make sense. Having just spent a short time in China has enhanced this view. When I look at all the high rise residential developments in places like Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong, it seems to be just so much more efficient.  Such densification also allows urban planners to establish much better public transport systems and may have prevented the whole "e-tolling saga" in South Africa. HOWEVER, such high rise residential developments require both efficient m

Tshwane Council may not levy 'illegal use' rates on properties

Tshwane Council may not levy 'illegal use' rates on properties In a judgment that could be of importance to Pretoria property owners whose rates and taxes have significantly escalated over the years, the Pretoria High Court has ruled that the Tshwane Metro Council is not allowed to include a category of "illegal use" in its rating policy. When the council adopted its municipal property rates policy in terms of the Municipality Property Rates Act, it created a category known as "illegal use". This was used to levy rates and taxes on an exorbitant scale on properties it believed to be in contravention of the property's zoning. Law firm Marius Blom & GC Germishuizen Inc approached the court to have this policy declared unlawful. Lawyer Marius Blom said he had suddenly noticed an additional amount of more than R100 000 on the rates and taxes bill of the property in Duncan Street, Brooklyn, from where they run their firm. "This illegal ca

R15m wasted on Pretoria building 'revamp'

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R15m wasted on Pretoria building 'revamp' Three years on and despite millions of rand being budgeted for its refurbishment, Kruger Park is nothing more than a shell, a far cry from the days it accommodated thousands of inner city residents. A file picture of Kruger Park flats during a fire which claimed five lives. The residents moved out after a fire claimed five lives in July 2008. They removed their possessions and what was left was cleared out by the Tshwane Metro Council so work could being on the refurbishment of the building. But work never started and thieves have stripped the building bare, taking away the copper, alluminium and the steel which was part of the structure. Police recently arrested a scrap metal dealer, on whose property fittings from Kruger Park were found. Over the weekend, a metro police officer who had responded to Treports of thieves carting zinc from the building was stabbed by a wouldbe-thief when he intervened. "The building

Denny Crane

Denny Crane
It's not me ... yet. Denny Crane from the TV series Boston Legal. Click on picture if you're not sure who he is!