A total of R76.8 million was currently outstanding in unpaid rental fees for properties under Public Works and Infrastructure Department’s custodianship.
Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille revealed this on Monday in a written response to a parliamentary question from DA's Patricia Kopane.
In her written reply, De Lille said the Pretoria region owed R37.5m, Cape Town R11.7m, Johannesburg R9m, Kimberly R6.4m, Mmabatho R3.9m, Polokwane R3.6m, Durban R1.5m, Port Elizabeth region R1.3m, Bloemfontein R838 059, Mthatha R420 743 and Nelspruit R279 513.
She named Telkom, Lucky Star, Eastgate Airport, Houtbay Boat Yard, Troyan Foods, Afrima Import Export, Sea Freeze Fisheries, Inter Travel Shops, Fisha Wellness and Abagold as the top 10 entities renting property from her department that regularly fail to pay rental fees on time.
De Lille also said her department has developed acquisition and disposal framework in collaboration with the National Treasury with the latter appointing new officials in the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer.