Repeal of the Overvaal Resorts Limited Bill [B36-2017]

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NCOP Public Enterprises and Communication

The Select Committee on Communications and Public Enterprises invites you to make written submissions on the Repeal of the Overvaal Resorts Limited Bill [B36-2017].

The Bill seeks to repeal the Overvaal Resorts Limited Act 127 of 1993, and to retain section 3(2) of the Act. The retention of section 3(2) is to ensure that the state does not lose its rights to servitude in those resorts mentioned as a result of the repeal.

The Overvaal Resorts Limited Act was enacted to establish Overvaal Resorts Limited as a public company in order to hold and manage public resorts on behalf of government. The name of the company, Overvaal Resorts Limited, was later changed to Aventura Limited.

All written submissions should be addressed to the Chairperson of the committee, Ms Ellen Prins, and marked for the attention of committee Secretary

Comments can be emailed to Ms Phumelele Lolly Sibisi at psibisi@parliament.gov.za by  no later than Friday, 11 January 2019.

Enquiries can be directed to Ms Phumelele Lolly Sibisi on tel (021) 403 3660 or cell 083 709 8449.

Issued by the Parliamentary Communication Services on Behalf of the Chairperson of the Select Committee on Communications and Public Enterprise, Ms Ellen Prins.



Background
The Overvaal Resorts Limited Act,1993 (Act No.127 of 1993), was enacted to establish Overvaal Resorts Limited as a public company in order to hold and manage public resorts on behalf of government. The name of the company Overvaal Resorts Limited was later changed to Aventura Ltd. The Cabinet took a decision in 2001 to dispose of Aventura resorts. Aventura acquired about fourteen resorts. Six of the resorts which were not making profit were the first to be disposed of to different purchasers. The remaining eight (8) resorts were sold to one bidder called Forever Resorts. However, difficulties were encountered when the eight resorts were being transferred to Forever Resorts. Some of the challenges which prolonged the transfer of the eight remaining resorts were the incorrect descriptions of the resorts from the deeds office, land claims and the resorts which were not registered under Aventura’s name but registered under government as at the date when transfer was sought to be affected. In an attempt to address these challenges and fast tracking the transfer process, an addendum to the sale agreement seeking to make amendments was concluded between government, Aventura and Forever Resorts in 2007. Notwithstanding this initiative, various challenges kept on recurring. As a result, liquidation was found to be the only viable option of disposing the Aventura resorts. In 2012, the former Minister of Public Enterprises passed a special resolution for the liquidation of Aventura. The company was eventually put under liquidation in 2012, thereafter the liquidation of Aventura was finalised. In light of the foregoing, the legislation that established Aventura is no longer relevant, hence the need for the repeal of the Act.