The Johannesburg Property Company's Land Regularisation Programme handed out 36 title deeds to business owners and organisations yesterday. According to mayor Herman Mashaba the aim had been to rectify past imbalances.
36 business owners and private organisations received title deeds on Monday according to mayor Herman Mashaba.
The right to full land ownership had been dished out as a part of the Johannesburg Property Company's Land Regularisation Programme. This is an initiative by the City of Johannesburg to redress imbalances in the distribution of council-owned land.
Mashaba released a statement, saying that the programme was based on recognition of the past where Apartheid had ensured the black majority could not secure urban properties:
“At best, black land tenure was inferior and regulated by either residential permits, certificates of occupation or trading site permits,”
Mashaba highlighted the importance of the initiative which will act as a catalyst for development that could benefit communities, small enterprises and developers.
According to IOL, This is the second time in less than a year where title deeds have been handed over to businesses in Soweto.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported yesterday that the Johannesburg high court has ruled that former mayor Parks Tau's comments about Mashaba were defamatory. Tau had reportedly accused the mayor of being prejudiced against women and black people, a move the court found amounts to 'character assassination'.
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