Delta Property Fund‚ which leases office space mainly to the government and state-owned enterprises, on Tuesday reported only a 1.02% rise in distribution to 46.40c per share in the six months to end-August from a year ago.Delta’s R11.3bn portfolio consists of 108 properties, with a total gross lettable area of 973,431m² and includes assets held-for-sale comprising 14 properties.Contractual rental income was up 3.3% to R782.24m, but property operating expenses dropped 0.7% to R205.26m.The like-for-like net property income was up 6.8% to R576.37m and vacancy rates for the period increased to 11.3%, from 9.2%.The fund said: "Vacancies in our major nodes, being Pretoria CBD and Durban CBD, are 8.1% and 15% respectively, in line with The Rode Report [for the second quarter of 2017, on the state of the South African property market]." Delta sold four properties — Samora House, 1 and 3 Ferreira Street and the Damelin Building — for R139.1m. The company said the proceeds would be used to r...

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