Byo rakes in $80 000 from stands sold to Watch Tower

THE Bulawayo City Council could rake in more than $80 000 from the sale of 17 stands to the Watch Tower and Tract Society based in Pennsylvania, United States.

CHIEF REPORTER

In 2014, the church, which has a huge presence in the city, made an application to council to purchase the stands.

The price tags range from $2 600 to $9 900 depending on the size and the total cost is $85 580.

Sixteen of the stands are in high-density suburbs with only one in the low-density.

In January, the local authority resolved to sell the stands to the church with one of the conditions being that the land would be used only for church purposes.

In a notice, council said any resident with objections should lodge them before March 20. On a monthly basis, council handles several applications for land from religious groupings.

With a housing backlog of over 100 000, council last year managed to service just over 1 000 residential stands owing to resource constraints.

The local authority serviced 700 stands in Pumula South, 391 in Emhlangeni and 300 in Mahatshula during the course of 2014, bringing the total to 1 391. Of the 1 391, only 300 were fully serviced in Mahatshula.

In the same period, council managed to allocate a total of 2 572 stands in Cowdray Park Hlalani Kuhle, while 1 050 stands were identified and are pending allocation at Emhlangeni Phase II medium density and Magwegwe North high-density suburbs.

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