Answers to Parliamentary questions on the Centurion Aerospace Village (CAV) have not assisted in clearing up issues around the lack of development and tenants.
Instead the waters have been muddied even further, opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party shadow deputy trade and industry minister Dean Macpherson said.
“In an amazing turn of events, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies tried vociferously to defend his department’s untruthful responses to Parliamentary questions into the mess,” he said, adding the DA had uncovered more problem areas around the CAV on the eastern side of AFB Waterkloof in Centurion.
“There is only one company ‘occupying’ a building on the site and not two tenants as claimed. There is no occupation certificate for the building by the City of Tshwane. There is no formal lease between the ‘occupant’ and the CAV, only a verbal ‘agreement’. The Minister admits the CAV may not be ‘fully operational’ as claimed by his spokesman. Despite the CAV being toured by the department as a job creation ‘success’ the many promised jobs have not materialised and more money will have to be spent on bulk earthworks, despite R65 million already having been spent,” Macpherson said.
The CAV was originally proposed to be a high-tech aerospace development and manufacturing park which was officially launched by then Gauteng MEC for Economic Development Qedani Mahlangu in November 2011.
The big question still to be answered by Minister Davies, according to the DA, is “what steps have been taken to ascertain who signed off R84 998 950 of unauthorised expenditure and what steps have been taken to recover the money?”