By: Sidima Mfeku
Port Elizabeth – The Eastern Cape department of Human settlement representatives visited ward41 on Monday [16 July 2018] as part of the department’s action plan of getting residents their tittle deeds.
Ward 41 Councillor Simphiwe Tyukana organised a mass meeting with the Professional housing support team and the Joe Slovo residents regarding issues affecting housing in the area.
Gathered in Joe Slovo Big Centre hall, the residents have stayed in the area for more than five years after receiving houses from government and have not received their title deeds. The housing team from Human Settlements Provincial offices vowed to administer the title deeds later this year.
Professional housing support members Jimmy Tutu and Wandisile Jikeka said they will be working closely with the Eastern Cape MEC for Human settlement Mlungisi Mvoko in tabling action following complaints from the residents of ward 41.
“The title deed issue has been a major problem for a very long time and we are willing and ready to make things right” said Tutu.
According to Wandisile Jikeka, people owning different houses are causing the department to waste a lot of money on budgeting more houses than the actual number budgeted for.
Jikeka said, there will be a door-to-door operation by the department before issuing the title deeds. Residents will be asked questions about the houses they live in, specifically those that do not have tittle deeds or ones that are still with the department.