The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure spent nearly R12 million on two properties in a Cape Town suburb which has an average R3 million price for the specified housing.
On Thursday, 30 April 2020, the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) revealed how it spent R38.29 million the past five years purchasing ministerial and deputy ministerial residencies. This follows a question on 17 April 2020 by DA member of Parliament, Madeleine Hicklin, to the Minister of the DPWI, Patricia de Lille. Hicklin quizzed de Lille about the ministerial and deputy ministerial housing spend for the past five financial years.
In her response, de Lille revealed that the Department purchased a total of six properties in the past five years, totalling R38.29 million. Two of the properties are located in Milnerton, Cape Town, and the four additional properties are in Atholl, Johannesburg and Pretoria’s Waterkloof suburb.
In Milnerton, the Department bought two four-bedroom houses for an unnamed Minister and Deputy Minister with a complete spend of R11.79 million, with no renovations done to both houses. That means that on average each house had an expenditure of least R5.89 million, prompting some property agents and segments of the South African public to question the perceivably high prices for an area, Milinerton, where similar sized properties have an average of just R3 million.
The only houses that have an asking price above the R5 million price range are those closer to the beach, in suburbs such as Sunset Beach and Sunset Links, and those located in Milnerton Central. The latter’s pricey estimation being its proximity to schools, malls and other recreational facilities.