On 22 June, the City of Tshwane issued a statement that no clearance figures would be issued from 1 to 24 July 2018.
This communication was based on the planned Municipal Standard Chart of Accounts (mSCOA) go-live date by the city and through mitigation plans initiated at that time due to the anticipated implementation of the mSCOA system reforms.
The City of Tshwane yesterday retracted this statement and confirmed that no interruption of clearance figures would be experienced during this period.
“We have witnessed growth in property sales within its boundaries over the years,” the city said in a statement. “This can be attributed to a number of factors which collectively indicate positive activity. These factors include new units released into the market by developers, owner developments and general sales between buyers and sellers. The city uses two key measures to gain insight on activities within the property market: The first is the number of plans submitted and approved for new buildings…and the second key measure is the number of occupation certificates issued for new and renovated properties.”
The city plans to automate the process of applying and issuing property rates clearances certificates (eClearance). This is done with the view of streamlining the process, improving the turnaround time and eliminating fraud. The city said it is currently testing the new system which will facilitate the application for and issuing of clearance certificates online and the refunds related to this process. The city’s initial target is to ensure that the go-live date of the eClearance System be no later than 31 July 2018.