Old “Natal Command” site vacated


The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) says the property commonly known as the “Natal Command” site has been handed back to Ethekweni (Durban) Municipality via the National Department of Public Works and sold.



SANDF director of facilities Brigadier Ge
neral G Mngadi says the property, formerly occupied by the SA Army’s Natal Command and later by the Joint Operations Division’s eastern Joint Tactical Headquarters, “was leased by the National Department of Public Works for the South African National Defence Force on a 99 year lease from the erstwhile Durban Corporation, now known the Ethekweni Municipality.”


Mngadi says that as a result of the consolidation of the facilities footprint in Durban, the beach front facility has become superfluous and was returned to the city on October 16.


The officer was responding in writing to a question by Democratic Alliance member of the National Council of Provin
ces Alfred Lees.


He added that Ethekweni Municipality had in 2005 already sold the site to prominent filmmaker Anant Singh for R15 million “against a formal valuation of R67 million, for the development of a film studio complex. This sale was done by private treaty and not by an open tender.”


Mngadi says the result was contested in the Natal Provincial Division of the High Court in June 2009 and judgment was reserved. “The legal contest was about the validity of the procedure that was followed by the Ethekweni Municipality and that was ratified by the KZN Premier, not about the price of the sale.”