According to council minutes, the estate’s administrator Ruth Mabota has written to the municipality offering it 20, 4394 hectares of the late national hero’s land in Lower Rangemore valued between $100 000 and $120 000 to offset the debt.
Dr Ndlovu, who died last year in September and was buried at National Heroes Acre in Harare, owed council in unpaid water and rates at four of his properties – a house in Sunninghill suburb; two Zimbabwe Distance Education College properties and a the premises of his company Saxanora Investments.
BCC accepted the offer saying the plot being offered was in council’s master plan for its expansion.
“However, Bulawayo was yet to finalise the incorporation of the area into its administration. Council in order to unlock the potential for high density development in that area had come up with a water and sewerage master plan that also included the whole city at an outlay of $10 million to upgrade the water and sewerage infrastructure,” said BCC in response.
“Therefore the value of the land that was 20, 4394 hectares was between $100 000 and $120 000. At the time Ruth Mabota made her request for a set off, the accounts were owing a combined total of $104 030 but as at 30 June 2016 the accounts owed a combined total of $113 621 and might rise to about $120 000 by the time council considered the request for a set off." chronicle
THE administrator of the late national hero and former Cabinet Minister Dr Sikhanyiso Ndlovu estate has offered the Bulawayo City Council over 20 hectares of land in Rangemore to offset a debt of over $100 000 the late nationalist owed the municipality.“We do hereby request to offset arrears of rates and water by handing over to yourselves Lot 15 Lower Rangemore situated in the district of Bulawayo in part or whole depending on your valuation in respect of the following properties Dr and Mrs S D Ndlovu: Lot 4 of Lot 14 Sunninghill Bulawayo, Account No 48401334, 2) ZDECO (Pvt) Ltd : 73 Fife Street City, Account No 31402513, 3) Saxanora Investments: 138 George Silundika Street, Account No 41410521 4) ZDECO: 138 George Silundika Street, Account No 49900848,” reads Mabota’s letter.