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VIDEO: NMBM hands over title deeds to desperate Zosa Street residents

BY MARC JACOBSON - JULY 18, 2017
VIDEO: NMBM hands over title deeds to desperate Zosa Street residents

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) handed over five title deeds to resident owners in the embattled Zosa Street in Korsten on Monday afternoon.

The handover forms part of the drive and initiative to hand over the remaining 789 title deeds from a total of 1940 title deeds identified by the municipality. A total of approximately 1151 back logged title deeds were handed over during the 2016/17 financial period.

The title deeds, a certificate of housing ownership, were handed over to residents with the backdrop of housing upgrades done by the NMBM in the street since 2004, where the late Cllr. Terry Herbst played an integral part to getting the project off the ground rolling.

With more than one family occupying existing houses and families staying in shacks in the backyard of already overcrowded houses, the area was in desperate need of upgrades and the project took off when a lay out plan was adapted to sub-divide 14 council-owned erven; resulting in 34 families each being accommodated.

However, an additional 27 families could not be accommodated and were relocated to Roos Street in Schauderville. The plans by NMBM Architects comprised of a number of semi-detached double storey units and a few semi-detached single units for the elderly. The project was then completed in September 2011.

“Those who know how this area [Zosa Street] looked before, will testify how things have changed for the better over the years. Now we [NMBM] are here today to hand to you and the younger generations a true ownership of your properties,” announced the MMC of Human Settlements, Nqaba Bhanga at the handover.

“It is something you should celebrate when you get this certificate of ownership, because you can also transfer it from generation to generation, and when you wake up tomorrow morning, nobody can take it away from you,” Bhanga told the residents of Zosa Street.

NMBM Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, assured that the municipality were determined to not just develop houses in the area, but also documentation granting residents the ownership of such houses.

“We are determined not to just transfer houses, but rather transfer a house, with a key, to the right beneficiary with a title deed, because a title deed is the only thing that guarantees that it is your house,” Trollip addressed to the community.

“We want to hand over these last title deeds to the beneficiaries, so that we can say in this street, our job is done. I want to pay credit to the people who built these houses, as there was an administration before this administration, but the job isn’t done until the paperwork is done, and we are completing this job by handing over these title deeds,” Trollip added.

Trollip also added that there is a long waiting-list for the backlog of title deeds in the Metro, but that the elderly and people with disabilities will be prioritised.

“We want to have one list that has integrity and that is public enough and that can also be scrutinized in any single municipality, of all the people who are going to be beneficiaries for houses.”

“We understand and recognise the importance of having a title deed, because the most important thing in life is to have a home.”

“A home is where you live, where you have a family, where you feel safe and where you can have fun and recreation, while being protected from anything else, and that is why, in an exercise on why I love South Africa, I wrote at the bottom, ‘this is where my home is’,” Trollip concluded.

Watch to get a view of the proceedings at the handover of the title deeds at Zosa Street in Korsten on Monday afternoon.