Wits begins negotiations after 10-year legal dispute over unoccupied land

A 10-year legal dispute over land adjacent to Alexandra township has delayed any immediate development prospects.

The ownership of the piece of land was transferred to the Transvaal government in 1903, which was then transferred again to the University of Witswatersrand in 1923.

702's John Robbie spoke to Wits property programme director, Taffy Adler, about the university's interest in the unused land.

It has been a highly disputed piece of land, it's very well located. For the last 10 years, it has been under legal dispute which has prevented any development.

Taffy Adler, property expert

The land has gone through various plans for its use, including possibly developing it as an agricultural station and a science park.

Giving an update of recent developments pertaining to the land, Adler said the university issued an expression of interest call for any individuals to submit suggestions on how to best use the land.

The expression of interest was issued after the lengthy dispute was consolidated late last year.

The dispute was settled late last year. Based on that settlement, we them proceeded to issue the public call and now we're involved in a whole range of discussions and negotiations.

Taffy Adler, property expert

Listen to the full interview below:


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