amaBhungane | Assets multi-millionaire flips R86.25m land parcel to Gauteng housing branch for R244.95m

amaBhungane | Assets multi-millionaire flips R86.25m land parcel to Gauteng housing branch for R244.95m

  • Landworth purchased land parcels for R86.25 million however pre-sold them to the Gauteng Division of Human Settlements for R244.95 million.
  • Landworth says the land parcels have been in truth offered to GDHS at a bargain of 20% to 30%.
  • However it is nonetheless unclear how Landworth were given concerned as a intermediary within the transaction between the former landowner and GDHS.
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The Gauteng Division of Human Settlements (GDHS) purchased 3 land parcels on 13 March 2019, handing an immediate paper benefit of R158.7 million to Landworth, an organization owned through actual property multi-millionaire Ralebala “Rali” Mampeule.

Landworth purchased the land parcels for R86.25 million from every other developer, Jordi Homes, after which charged the Division R244.95 million, together with value-added tax, even supposing Landworth used to be later persuaded to place up a R50 million ensure to hide the price of enhancements that Landworth were gotten smaller to ship.

The 63.9-hectare land parcels are a part of the farm Zuurfontein. They’re proposed for the improvement of Eagles Nest township in Vanderbijlpark, located within the Emfuleni Native Municipality, south of Gauteng.

Landworth disputes that it unduly inflated the fee. In reality, the corporate’s director, Mampeule, stated he gave the dep. a “bargain”.

“We reiterate that the fee that you just acquire the land at has not anything to do with the fee that you just promote it for, if there’s a keen purchaser and a keen vendor, and there are valuations from registered evaluators that justify your transaction,” Mampeule stated. “We hang the knowledgeable view that the land used to be offered at a bargain of 20% to 30% in comparison with the existing worth in step with serviced stand.”



Mr Assets

Mampeule were given his get started at a world estate team Chas Everitt and now owns a sprawling estate and funding empire.

Landworth first got here to amaBhungane’s consideration when it emerged that Mampeule’s corporate picked up a rate of R44 million, described as a “fee” within the sale contract, on every other estate in Midvaal Native Municipality which the GDHS purchased for R70 million.

Even though that used to be over part the acquisition price, Landworth denied any wrongdoing.

That tale resulted in a tip-off that precipitated us to appear extra carefully on the Eagles Nest sale, which additionally concerned Landworth and the GDHS – and which additionally gave the impression of a “land-flip” during which a intermediary made a big benefit on the expense of the GDHS.

The nearer we regarded, the extra issues didn’t upload up.



Landworth offered the valuables earlier than they owned it

Taking a look on the deeds workplace paperwork, it seemed to us that Landworth had offered the 63.9-hectare parts of Eagles Nest to the GDHS even earlier than they have been the criminal homeowners.

The paperwork seemed to display the sale to GDHS happened on 13 March 2019 at a worth of R244.95 million whilst the former proprietor, Jordi Homes, had most effective offered the homes to Landworth greater than two months afterward 31 Might 2019 for the sum of R86.25 million.

Once we first put this to Landworth they stated we had all of it incorrect.

“Your knowledge is unsuitable. As a part of section certainly one of its Eagles Nest building Landworth purchased 73 hectares of land from Jordi Homes for R110 million and offered it to the dep. as serviced stands with rights, together with all facilities – water, sewer, roads, electrical energy and a fence with a safety gate for R244 million with the enhancements.”

The R86.25 million sale that happened on 13 March, Landworth advised us, used to be a unique land for “section two” and had not anything to do with executive. So, on their model, it used to be 73 hectares, now not 63 hectares, they usually had paid R110 million, now not R86.25 million.

Landworth additionally recommended we had puzzled sale and registration dates.

Once we shared reputable deeds documentation appearing they have been incorrect, Mampeule modified tack and advised us the apply of promoting a estate you do not but personal used to be “utterly criminal… so long as you’ll be able to go switch/possession to the patron”.

Now they stated there were an previous sale settlement during which Landworth had agreed to buy each stages from Jordi Homes for R110 million on 21 February 2019.

However in March 2019, simply the primary section – which used to be certainly most effective 63.9 hectares – used to be onsold to GDHS.

Landworth stated the sale settlement with Jordi used to be amended on 31 Might 2019 (after the GDHS transaction) to replicate that Landworth most effective bought the primary section of Eagles Nest.

“This sale used to be for R86.25 million. Be aware that Section 2, used to be and stays a personal transaction. It due to this fact does now not shape a part of the scope of the speeded up inexpensive housing transaction with GDHS.”

Through this level Landworth had employed a forensic investigator, Rassie Erasmus, from Alfin Felony Forensic Carrier, who made touch to amaBhungane pronouncing that he used to be investigating a “smear marketing campaign”, it appears perpetuated through the ones towards transformation.

Mampeule additionally employed a conversation specialist to take care of our questions.



How did Landworth turn out to be the intermediary?

When Mampeule used to be requested in regards to the dating between Landworth and Jordi Homes, he stated, “It is very important word that previous to the sale of section one to the GDHS, the vendor [Jordi] had, by way of a mandate, permitted Landworth (PTY) LTD and its administrators to discover a purchaser for the land.”

The administrators of Jordi Homes weren’t useful in explaining when and why Landworth were given concerned.

Once we reached one director, Moshe Cohen, for a touch upon 17 november 2022, he advised us: “You’re speaking to the incorrect man.”

The next day to come, on 18 November, he admitted to his id and spoke back, “I do know not anything about it, sorry.”

A couple of days later, on 21 November, amaBhungane contacted the second one director of Jordi Homes.

Isaac Rubin wasn’t happy to be requested any questions round this transaction.

“That is relatively non-public. It’s not that i am able to provide you with anything else. It’s confidential and It’s not that i am allowed to free up any knowledge,” he stated.

On 13 December Landworth’s forensic investigator Erasmus reached out to amaBhungane indicating that Mampeule want to request for a roundtable assembly to be “clear”.

That assembly came about on 20 January 2023.

Within the assembly we requested Mampeule to elaborate at the technique of obtaining the land till it used to be onsold to GDHS and the way and after they were in a position to interpose Landworth because the intermediary.

We had through then observed a file signed through Cohen on 19 February 2019 during which Jordi agreed to promote Landworth each the homes (section 1 and a couple of) for a value “to be agreed upon”.

Explaining that file, Mampeule stated, “Necessarily… that’s the first file of the place the connection began… We approached them [through] any person else they sought after to promote the land to after which we are saying to them… can they offer us a letter to verify that we… input right into a sale settlement with them.”   

This “mandate”, Mampeule advised us, used to be Landworth’s ammunition to promote the land to the dep..

Apart from it did not occur relatively like that.




To resolve the contradictions, amaBhungane lodged a Promotion of Get entry to to Data Act (PAIA) request with GDHS and won paperwork associated with the sale.

The paperwork launched confirmed  the Housing Building Company (HDA), which used to be beneath management on the time, performed a number one function right through the valuables review and negotiations.

“The topic homes are privately owned and registered within the title of Jordi Prop (PTY) Ltd,” famous the company’s due diligence file compiled in January 2019. “The homes had been introduced through De Klerk, Vermaak & Companions Integrated representing the landowners.”

That signifies the HDA knew Jordi have been the homeowners at that time.

On 1 March 2019 the HDA administrator Viwe Gqwetha despatched a advice letter to the GDHS pointing out that negotiations with “the landowner have been hung on 13 February 2019” the place the events sooner or later agreed on R213 million (VAT unique) for the purchase of Eagle’s Nest.

However on 13 February — the time of the negotiations — Landworth used to be now not the landlord of the homes and nor had it won a written mandate to promote the homes.

Through 19 February when Jordi and Landworth signed the “mandate”, the deal between the “landowner” and the HDA used to be already sealed.

Once we pointed this out, Landworth’s tale shifted, as has been the case each and every time new knowledge used to be put ahead since final November.

Landworth advised us: “We will have to once more reiterate that it’s not unlawful to barter a take care of a possible vendor or purchaser previous to the events to the transaction lowering phrases to writing…

“Additionally it is essential to notice that during our preliminary negotiations with Jordi Homes we needed to shop for the corporate along side its property (land). On the other hand, at a later level we negotiated and settled to only acquire the land.

“The negotiations on this regard began weeks earlier than we introduced the land to without equal purchaser. Landworth representatives and our lawyers have been provide on the negotiation conferences with the HDA and there are mins of those conferences that turn out this.”

This simply begs the query: on what foundation did the HDA negotiate with Landworth or their lawyers in the event that they knew Jordi have been the criminal homeowners?

And why did Jordi settle for R86.25 million in the event that they knew Landworth had already been introduced R244.95 million (R213 plus VAT) in negotiations with the HDA?

AmaBhungane requested the company why it didn’t negotiate at once with the criminal homeowners of the valuables? The HDA didn’t reply to precise questions.

In our get admission to to knowledge software to the HDA, we asked the company to supply correspondence environment out the mandate given to the HDA through the GDHS to barter acquisition of the land.

We additionally requested for any correspondence with Jordi, Landworth or the lawyers, De Klerk Vermaak and Companions.

The company refused to disclose this data.

Legal professional George Roper from De Klerk, Vermaak & Companions, stated: “We … decline to reply to speculative journalism performed with malicious intent.”

However Mampeule stated that right through the negotiations on 13 February 2019 between the company and the landowners, the lawyers had all the time represented Landworth, now not Jordi.

“The lawyers… represented Landworth because the dealers of the land, both in our capability as the-yet-to-be-appointed new administrators of Jordi Homes and/or as Landworth who used to be purchasing the land outright,” stated Mampeule.

However what is transparent is that had GDHS at once purchased the land from Jordi, this may have stored the dep. tens of millions of rands.

“The Division had no wisdom of the transaction between Landworth and Jodi Homes… The Division due to this fact can’t touch upon some other transactions past Landworth,” stated GDHS spokesperson Tahir Sema.



A conditional sale

The HDA advice letter to the GDHS performing head of branch, Daniel Molokomme, explicitly stated that this used to be a conditional sale and GDHS must pay the agreed quantity matter to the prerequisites being “fulfilled previous to the switch of the improvement.”

Those prerequisites, amongst others, incorporated that Landworth will have to finalise the subdivision processes, connects new proposed stands with inner reticulation and relocates a powerline operating during the estate.

Molokomme signed the be offering to buy on 15 March 2019, however the suspensive prerequisites have been long gone.

As a substitute, standard switch to the GDHS would happen as quickly because the sale used to be registered and Landworth simply undertook to fulfil those prerequisites “even after the land has been transferred”.  

Necessarily, the GDHS pushed aside the company’s recommendation.

The dept failed to respond to why they omitted the company’s suggestions that the land parcels must be transferred to it as soon as Landworth has met all of the stipulated prerequisites.

It will have to have happened to the GDHS quickly once they had purchased the valuables for R244.95 million that the sale contract equipped little leverage to make sure that Landworth finished the agreed additional carrier infrastructure.

So, the GDHS paperwork acquired through amaBhungane display, in overdue Might 2019, Landworth and GDHS signed an addendum to the sale settlement, which only if Landworth resort a R50 million efficiency ensure to verify the enhancements have been performed.

Either side agreed that R50 million used to be a “honest and affordable price” for Landworth to agree to the contractual enhancements, which means that by itself review Landworth would make about R108 million (or just about 80%) benefit at the deal.

‘This sale [has] hostile results’

However nearly 4 years later, Landworth is but to finalise the considered necessary upgrades at the estate.

On 26 April 2022, the GDHS present head of branch, Phindile Mbanjwa, wrote to Landworth’s criminal consultant, Roper, that “the Division is but to obtain notification from [Landworth] that the stated undertakings had been fulfilled, regardless of having absolutely paid the acquisition worth of the land”.

Mbanjwa tried to name within the R50 million ensure, telling Landworth that the delays have been having an hostile impact on carrier supply and targets of the Speedy Land Liberate Programme of the dep..

Landworth’s criminal consultant, Roper, hit again, telling Mbanjwa claiming the R50 million can be a breach of the sale settlement because the delays have been on account of instances which Landworth had no regulate of, together with a minimum of 500 objections to the proposed building from neighbouring citizens.

Mampeule has claimed the objections and what he known as a “media smear marketing campaign” towards Landworth had their starting place in racist opposition to transformation within the house – together with native political figures – which used to be why he employed a personal investigator.

Past the objection procedure, Mampeule stated they have been additionally behind schedule through a lot of problems raised through the Emfuleni Native Municipality, however those had now been resolved.

“We are actually able to continue with development regardless of this smear marketing campaign,” he stated.

But, finally, all this is promised is the supply of serviced stands.

Between 2009 and 2016, GDHS spent over R1 billion obtaining land in Gauteng that may be changed into housing gadgets.

In spite of this, Lebogang Maile, then MEC for Cooperative Governance and Conventional Affairs, advised Parliament in 2020 that Gauteng used to be experiencing a “housing disaster” with 1.2 million other people in search of housing by way of the Nationwide Housing Sign up.

Eagles Nest, similar to the R70 million Langkuil sale in 2020, has joined the lengthy queue of the land parcels that GDHS has obtained however failed to totally expand.

In Sedibeng, the area the place Eagles Nest and Langkuil are located, GDHS purchased over 1 300 hectares of land between 2011 and 2020. As of August 2021, nearly all of the tasks are indexed as dealing with “demanding situations”.

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