ActionSA Welcomes Tshwane City Measures to Address Revenue Management and Illegal Occupation

ActionSA welcomes measures to address revenue management and illegal occupation of City of Tshwane owned properties.

In October 2022, ActionSA called for a report following allegations that at least 28 residential properties and 77 business properties belonging to the City of Tshwane are illegally occupied.

This is of great concern as illegal occupation and sub-letting hinders the generation of revenue by the department.

The City of Tshwane finds itself in a precarious financial position while under-collection of revenue from City-owned properties contributes negatively to the City’s financial position.

Between the period July 2022 and March 2023, the City declared the historically accumulated overdue debt in the amount of over R52 million on residential and over R190 million on business leases.

Some of the measures undertaken by the City to address revenue management and illegal occupation includes issuing of contravention notices for tenants with arrear rental accounts to pay within a period of 30 days as per the Prevention of Illegal Eviction from and Unlawful Occupation of Land (PIE) Act 19 of 1998, which state that the City, if they don’t pay within a window period of 30 days, can issue termination notices:

  • On residential Leases -Issue eviction notices to the illegal occupants with a 30 days’ notice period for them to move out of the property and alternative regularise the occupants who willing to sign lease agreements and commence with rental payment; and
  • On business leases, an eviction notice will be issued with a 30 days’ notice period for the occupant to move out of the property, if they don’t move out of the property within the 30 days period, the matter will be referred to Group Legal Department to pursue an eviction through the courts; and

ActionSA welcomes this bold step to address revenue management and illegal occupation. ActionSA has already called for quarterly progress reports and will continue to hold the executive to account.