Johannesburg property owners had only until Friday to object to the value of their properties as given in the 2018 general valuation roll, the city said on Wednesday. The city revalued all housing and commercial properties in its administrative jurisdiction in 2017, but the revaluations set off a broad public outcry after some property owners received increases in their property valuations of more than 100%. The revaluations sparked fear of unaffordable hikes in property rates. Mayor Herman Mashaba stepped in on behalf of residents, saying 8,000 properties would be issued with section 76 notices, which had revised property values on them. After he was inundated by residents’ complaints about the valuations, Gauteng Premier David Makhura asked for weekly updates from the city and the provincial department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs. The city said that property owners who wanted to object to their valuations had only two days left, as the objections closed on A...

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