Friday 14 May 2021
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Okahandja youth centre plan dealt a blow

A plan to construct a youth centre in Okahandja has been shelved after the Ministry of Works and Transport repossessed the property on which the centre was supposed to be constructed. The Ministry has since handed the premises to a private firm.
The Works ministry has stripped the Ministry of Youth and Sports from a lucrative property situated in the heart of Okahandja, because the latter did not make use of it for 11 years.
Documents seen indicate that the youth ministry did not utilise the property because “it is not suitable for a youth centre”.
The two ministries have since been pitted against each other over a 3119 square metre plot in Okahandja that has since been given to Addi Investment Africa (Pty) Ltd.
In a letter dated 31 March 2017, permanent secretary in the works ministry Willem Goeimann wrote to his counterpart at the youth ministry informing her that the assignment of the property has been revoked.
“This Ministry would like to bring to your attention that the above-mentioned hotel was allocated to your ministry eleven years ago and nothing has been done and the zinc started flying off – that was when Dr. Shipo indicated that it is not suitable for your needs and we engaged our office in Okahandja to look for a suitable Erf which you can develop,” said Goeiemann.
Goeiemann’s letter suggests that the youth ministry attempted to trade the property. He cautioned that only the works ministry’s Division for Fixed Asset Management has the mandate to do so and advised his counterparts to seek assistance from the works ministry in its bid to find a suitable place for the construction of the youth centre.
Goeiemann has since sanctioned the lease of the property to Addi Investment Africa.
“Kindly be informed that the Ministry of Works and Transport has no objection to lease Erf 58/59 known as Okahandja Hotel in the town of Okahandja to Addi Investment Africa to operate as a hotel facility as per Harambee prospective(sic) with effect from 01 March 2017 and for the lease agreement to commence from 31 March 2018 for a period of 25 years. The lease will have to be registered at Deeds Office,” he said in a letter he wrote to Addi Investment on 13 February 2017.
Questions have since been raised as to why Goeiemann informed Addi Investment about the lease arrangement before informing the youth ministry that the property has been repatriated to the works ministry.
It is also not clear if the lease has been registered at the Deeds Office.
According to records at the Deeds of Office Erf 58/59 belongs to Hotel Wilhelmshof.
Efforts to obtain comment from Goeiemann proved futile.

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