Impasse to end at Njoli Square

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality plans to expropriate Dr Bongani Nqini's surgery in Njoli square for its redevelopment project
The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality plans to expropriate Dr Bongani Nqini’s surgery in Njoli square for its redevelopment project

Council decides to expropriate last two plots

AFTER seven years of attempts to convince two property owners in Kwazakhele to relocate so the long-awaited R286-million Njoli Square redevelopment can finally take off, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is proceeding with expropriation.

The municipality has for years stalled construction of a civic facilities centre and public transport interchange because of a stalemate with property owners.

The development has been on hold since 2008 – when the land acquisition process first started – due to the reluctance of some private property owners to sell their land to the municipality.

The municipality initiated the Njoli revamp in 2003 as one of its Vision 2020 projects. Of the 75 affected property owners, two are refusing to sign any agreement.

According to the municipality, only a doctor and an elderly woman are refusing to budge.

In mayor Ben Fihla’s report to the council last week, he explained that the elderly woman had initially agreed to sell her land, but had since been evading meetings with politicians and officials.

-Rochelle de Kock

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