R470 000 spent on premier’s house

Jack Bloom MPL

DA Gauteng Caucus Leader

R470 000 was spent last year on renovating and repairing the Gauteng premier’s official residence in Bryanston. This was paid to a company without going out to tender.

This is revealed in information I obtained from the Gauteng Infrastructure Development Department after applying through the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA).

This was after Infrastructure Development MEC Qedani refused to give me this information last year because of supposed security considerations.

According to the reply, the project was awarded to Lungi Mechanical Projects without going to tender. This was because “the state of the house prevented the premier from using it as an official residence, the project was regarded as an emergency, and a turnkey solution by a selected multidisciplinary contractor at market-related rates was approved.”

This is really not convincing. We seem to have grossly overpaid on alterations to this house.

R14 million has been spent on the house since it was bought for R11.5 million in 2004.

There is really no need to have an official residence as we managed to do without one for ten years, from 1994 to 2004.

The house should be sold off as soon as possible, with the proceeds used to benefit the people of Gauteng.