The Democratic Alliance (DA) has fired another salvo at the Trade and Industries Ministry about Centurion Aerospace Village (CAV) the high-tech aerospace development that is essentially dormant.
In a written reply to a Parliamentary question, Trade and Industries Minister Rob Davies stated there is no tenancy agreement between CAV and “its so-called sole tenant Aerosud”.
“This directly contradicts a DTI statement issued on September 17 claiming the CAV is fully operational and at present there is one tenant,” DA shadow deputy minister of economic development Patrick Atkinson said.
“The Minister’s reply further reveals the CAV’s solitary building, constructed at a handsome R 21 585 535,79 back in 2011 and which is occupied by Aerosud, is not fit for occupation due to the absence of an occupancy certificate – which is required and issued by the City of Tshwane.
“The reason offered by the Minister as to why the occupancy certificate has not been issued once again contradicts the findings of the forensic report. While the Minister contends the certificate was not awarded due to termination of the bulk earthworks contract as a result of the forensic investigation, the same forensic investigation found this was due to non-payment of R14 million to the City of Tshwane by the CAV.
“The then-Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Qedani Mahlangu, saw it fit to open this building in November 2011, despite the fact it was constructed without the requisite legalities and under a cloud of irregular tender processes which saw 10 of the 11 bidders disqualified on grounds that will ‘not withstand scrutiny in a court of law’,” Atkinson said again quoting the forensic report.
He maintains CAV is “clearly not fully operational. Rather, its dole building is leeching off its neighbour for basic services and purposes which remain unclear”.
“The truth is while the DTI continues to champion this R95 million flop as a success story it is now testament to this government’s inability to foster economic development amid a national unemployment crisis,” Atkinson said.