Nqaba Bhanga, the MMC: Human Settlements in the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality says; “A new era is dawning in Nelson Mandela Bay’s Human Settlements Directorate, as integrity and delivery begin to replace a legacy of corruption and collusion.”
The Metro announced that 1940 title deeds have been approved for handover to homeowners, some of whom have been waiting for over eight years.
The handover will positively affect the lives of over 8000 residents, from Helenvale to Veeplaas, and from Malabar to Chris Hani.
A title deed provides legal ownership of a home, an asset which can turn the tide on poverty for our most vulnerable residents. Owning a home is the first step.
Local government is meant to play a significant role in reversing the effects of spatial segregation under apartheid, through service delivery and provision of housing. This has been neglected in the past, at the expense of our most vulnerable residents. Previous governments in this Metro have failed to make significant progress in this regard. Alarmingly, between 2013 and 2015 under former administrations not a single title deed was handed out in this Metro.
“But those days are over. Nelson Mandela Bay is moving forward again. This new government appreciates the important role that home ownership plays in redress. Thus, we have embarked on an operation to clean up the housing list and ensure all rightful home owners are in possession of a title deed. Under this new government, ownership will become a reality to more and more people,” concluded Bhanga.
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