3 000 RDP housing owners to get title deeds, says De Lille
In a move to confirm ownership to recipients of the city's subsidised (RDP) housing, mayor Patricia de Lille has asked the Human Settlements Department to fast-track the transfer of 3 000 outstanding title deeds to beneficiaries.
"The sense of ownership motivates people not only with a new sense of personal place in the world but also with some basis to begin leveraging a better place in society."
During her mayoral address to council yesterday, De Lille said: "I have requested the directorate of Human Settlements to accelerate and intensify their programmes to ensure that the city transfers as quickly as possible the outstanding title deeds to recipients of city provided subsidy housing. This amounts to approximately 3 000 outstanding title deeds."
The process was already under way in areas such as Tambo Square 2, Old Wallacedene Phase 10, Nyanga, Mfuleni, Bloemkombos Phase 2, Masiphumelele, Lwandle, Nomzamo and Pumlani.
De Lille said she believed this policy action would start to address apartheid's legacy of depriving individuals' basic ownership rights.
"By extending personal ownership, we will create a new sense of personal investment in our city where as many residents as possible know that they have a definite place in this metro."
De Lille acknowledged that the process of extending personal ownership would take time.
She added: "It is not possible for the city to realise everyone's ambitions towards ownership, especially when it concerns land that the city does not own."