Dawn of hope: 600 destitute Johannesburg residents receive title deeds from city

Dawn of hope: 600 destitute Johannesburg residents receive title deeds from city

- The DA-led City of Johannesburg council will give 600 title deeds to destitute residents in the coming weeks

- The City said this handover forms part of its strategy to provide safe and affordable housing to the people of the city

- The council says it aims to give 3 500 title deeds to the poorest residents in the 2018/19 financial year

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) led City of Johannesburg council will give 600 title deeds to destitute residents across the city in the coming two-weeks. The city revealed that it aims to release around 3 500 title deeds to its poorest residents in the 2018/19 financial year.

Member of Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Housing Meshack van Wyk said this handover formed part of the city’s strategy to provide safe and affordable housing and a sense of dignity to the poorest residents of the city.

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The council estimates that at least 30 000 homes are needed in just the short term to alleviate the housing crisis which afflicts the poorest people of the city.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the city claims to have delivered 5 145 title deeds to residents of the city since the DA-led administration took office.

Van Wyk said the council had committed itself to expedite the delivery of title deeds in order for the beneficiaries to legally own the properties which they call home.

SowetanLive.co.za reported that van Wyk said home ownership would empower residents economically and also provide families with a sense of long-term security.

He said millions of people across the country were still dreaming of the day when they would have the security of owning the home in which they lived and the associated security which that ownership brings.

He blamed bad service delivery on the part of the previous ANC-led administration for the lack of progress and the current housing shortage in the city.

On Tuesday, DA leader Mmusi Maimane joined Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba in Soweto to hand over title deeds to residents.

Maimane said the success of the DA-led coalitions across the country in giving title deeds to homeowners showed that the party had a plan which, if properly resourced, would successfully deliver land reform.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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