The Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Solly Msimanga, and the Member of the Mayoral Committee for Housing and Human Settlements, Cllr Mandla Nkomo, conferred 40 title deeds to residents of Lebanon, Winterveld during a handover ceremony at the Tshwane House headquarters on 6 June 2017.
"It doesn't make sense to say a house is yours when you do not have a title deed for it," said Cllr Nkomo during the handover ceremony.
Speaking to the jovial residents of Lebanon, Winterveld, Cllr Msimanga said there is nothing that gives anyone more dignity than knowing where you live and having an address for your home, and he is happy his government made that possible for them.
The City of Tshwane resolved to write off the arrear municipal service accounts of these households to enable Nedbank to proceed with the conveyancing of the houses.
“One of the challenges in concluding this project was the unfortunate miscommunication of the intension of the City and Nedbank which led to some community members being skeptical of this noble deed. Fortunately, through further engagement between the City, the Ward Councillor, Nedbank and the affected community of Lebanon, this contentious matter has been amicably resolved,” said Msimanga.
Cllr Nkomo said the occasion represents the City’s promise to restore the dignity of Tshwane residents through the provision of dignified home ownership by issuing title deeds. “The title deeds that will be issued to the registered owners serve as proof that it has always been the sole intention of the partnership between the City and Nedbank to bestow security of tenure to the deserving beneficiaries and to restore their dignity through property ownership.”
The City is committed to providing sustainable and integrated human settlements that are accessible and liveable, and have adequate access to economic opportunities, a mix of safe and secure housing and tenure types, reliable and affordable basic services and social amenities.