The official residence of the premier of Gauteng has been sold for almost R18m — just shy of double the auction reserve price. On Monday‚ infrastructure development MEC Jacob Mamabolo would not provide a figure as he said he was waiting for the auctioneer to give him a report. But TMG Digital has it on authority that the property was sold for R17.75m and the auctioneers are meeting the buyer on Tuesday morning. The house in Bryanston was meant to be the official residence of Premier David Makhura but he chose not to occupy it. The house went on auction with a starting bidding price of R9.25m. The reserve price was R9m. It was one of 18 properties auctioned online by Tirhani Auctioneers on behalf of the provincial infrastructure development department. Mamabolo said on Monday that the results of the auction had to be studied. “I have to get the report from the auctioneers first and then decide on the next step. It is only after receiving the report that I then can say the auction met...

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