Property Valuation: Council Extends Objectives Deadline
The Municipal Council of Manzini has extended the deadline for viewing of the draft general Valuation Roll and lodging of objections (if any) to Friday 13th March 2020.
The initial deadline was last Thursday (20th February 2020). Being a Municipality that cares for its stakeholders, Council decided to shift the deadline in order to give property owners more time to inspect the draft Valuation Roll before having it endorsed by her parent ministry, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development. Once endorsed, it will be impossible (as per the Rating Act, 1995) to carry-out any alterations. Council would like to state that, due to reasons beyond her control, delays were experienced in posting the valuation notices in the post office hence some property owners did not find them when they went there to access them. Property owners are informed that the glitches have been rectified and all valuation notices are now accessible at the post office.
Those who have changed their postal addresses but forgot to update their account details with Council are advised to approach Council’s Finance Department as soon as possible and shall be duly assisted. In terms of the Rating Act, 1995, Council is required to carry-out a valuation of all properties within the urban area every five years. This is referred to as a general valuation and, since property value appreciates, the purpose is to assess the current value of the properties in order to examine whether or not the city is growing in value terms. It also helps during determination of property taxes (rates) payable by property owners.
…WHY IT’S IMPORTANT THAT YOU VIEW THE VALUATION ROLL
The following are some of the reasons it is important for property owners to get hold of their valuation notices…
- It helps the property owner ascertain accuracy of their details such as name, contact details and location of the property.
- It helps ascertain that sub-divisions effected on the property (if any) have been correctly captured by the Valuers and are accurate on the Valuation Roll.
- It also helps ascertain that the zoning (for example, residential, commercial, semi-commercial) of the property is accurate. This helps avoid instances whereby a residential property is charged rates at commercial scale or vice-versa.
- It gives the property owner an opportunity to object to the new valuation in the event that they feel it is over-valued or under-valued. An objection form is attached to the valuation notice and must be returned to Council on or before the 13th March 2020. After the deadline has passed, Council compiles a list of all objections and requests the Minister of Housing and Urban Development to set up a Valuation Court for final determination of all the cases. The objecting property owner is invited to present their case before the Valuation Court before a ruling is made.
…FLEA MARKET THIS SATURDAY, REGISTRATION OPENS TOMORROW
As part of her strategic objective to ensure inclusive socio-economic development in the Manzini urban area, the Municipal Council of Manzini will this Saturday once again hold her quarterly flea market. The venue is the usual “flea market street” (Louw Street), between the Bhunu Mall and Eswatini Bank. The activity will start as early as 8am and end at 5pm. Those interested in selling items of any kind (but not illegal ones) are invited to register with Council tomorrow morning, 9am, at the Council offices. Approximately 100 stalls are available at a fee of E250.00 for sole traders, E400.00 for Small and Medium Enterprises and E700.00 for corporates/companies. Members of the public are also urged to attend the flea market and spoil themselves to a variety of reasonably priced yet exciting items that will be on display. Council further pleads with motorists to use alternative routes to their destinations as the portion of Louw Street between Ngwane and Nkoseluhlaza streets will be closed to traffic.
…DID YOU KNOW?
- STREET VENDING WITHOUT COUNCIL’S PERMIT IS A CRIME
Regulated street vending is allowed within the urban area but it is strictly restricted to the designated areas. A vendor must have a valid trading permit obtainable from Council and should only conduct trade at the place permitted to conduct business. Trading outside the allocated area is a violation of Council’s regulations. The vendor must only sell the goods/wares specified when applying for the permit. The vendor is not allowed to relocate from one vending site to another without Council’s permission.
- DON’T ALLOW YOUR PET TO ROAM THE STREETS
No person shall keep an animal which is a nuisance or annoyance to other residents within the neighbourhood. If an animal becomes a nuisance to other residents and members of the public its owner shall have to voluntarily remove it from their property or Council shall be forced to remove it. This may include dogs, cats and other domestic animals.
- MANZINI CITY A NO-GO-AREA FOR CATTLE
No person shall cause any animal to graze within the urban boundary unless they have been permitted by Council. Animals are also not to be allowed to roam the streets. Any cow, goat or donkey found roaming the city streets (even in the neighbourhoods) will be impounded in the municipal pound and released upon payment of a hefty release fee.
- YOU WILL BE FINED E50 FOR LITTERING
No person shall deposit any litter or refuse anywhere except at areas designated by Council. A person caught dumping litter at any other place other than a receptacle (garbage bin) shall be fined E50. Failure to pay will result in prosecution. Please deposit litter inside a receptacle NOT near it.