Metro hands over plus 2 000 title deeds to Uitenhage residents

JULY 15, 2016

It was a joyful occasion at the Uitenhage Indoor Sports Centre as Human Settlements Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, and Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Danny Jordaan, on Thursday handed over more than 2 000 title deeds to RDP homes to the residents of Kabah and Langa North, amongst other poor areas in Uitenhage, just outside Port Elizabeth.

Speaking at the event Minister Sisulu encouraged the beneficiaries not to sell their RDP homes, saying the homes were a long-term investment for generations to come.

The Minister said that the Nelson Mandela Bay had the most RDP houses built compared to the rest of the country.

The distribution of the title deeds aims to address the municipality was facing of residents occupying RDP homes that had not been allocated to them.

“We made it compulsory that you hold on to the house and title deed for at least eight years ... if you find yourself in difficulty, don’t sell your house, that title deed has value,” said Minister Sisulu.

Following reports of houses collapsing or not being built to specifications by some unscrupulous contractors, she also warned that government would no longer be taken for granted and would make sure homes built incorrectly were rectified.

“We had to take care of the houses we already built from 1994 to 1998, that’s what we called the rectification programme, the burden and responsibility was on us. The actual rectification started in 2000, those houses we built from 1994 to 2000 we were responsible for. Anything after that is the responsibility of the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) to bring the builder to come and fix the problem,” Sisulu said.

“We are making contractors understand that there is a penalty for not building properly, so we are bringing them to make sure that they rectify those houses they have built. As government, we have decided that we have been taken for granted by the construction industry, we are no longer going ahead with helping them, but what is our responsibility, we grabbing the private sector at the scruff of the neck to make sure those houses are rectified."

Speaking at the same event, Mayor Jordaan said that R103 million was allocated for housing in the “big problem” area of Lapland, with an additional R26 million for Rosedale, R18 million for Kabah and R6.7 million for Despatch.

The Mayor said that people often see the municipality as uncaring about the residents of Uitenhage and surrounding areas but this was not the case.