Thirty one residential properties owned by the Gauteng government‚ including the premier’s official residence‚ will be sold at auction next month‚ Gauteng Premier David Makhura announced on Tuesday.

The premier’s official residence was purchased in 2004 for R11.4 million‚ but further renovations costing an additional R4 million were subsequently made due to what government called “structural defects” to areas such as the swimming pool.

Last year about 50 engagements and meetings were held at the Bryanston house‚ which costs about R1.5 million a year to run‚ according to the Democratic Alliance’s Jack Bloom.

“To this end‚ the asset register and valuation of all government fixed property has now been completed. “The majority of these properties are occupied by public servants. Thirty one (31) properties will be disposed at the first online auction to take place towards the end of October 2016‚” he said.

Makhura said he was confident that this decision will not only save the provincial government money from maintenance but it would help raise additional resources to fund the provincial government’s programme of transformation‚ modernisation and re-industrialisation (TMR) priorities such as student bursaries and rollout of Tshepo 500‚000‚ an employment creation and entrepreneurship development programme.

“We will only keep the property portfolio and land assets which add value to serving delivery‚ infrastructure development and our overall agenda TMR” the premier concludes.