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14/09/2016– I WILL END THE CHRONIC LEGACY OF A FAILURE TO HAND OVER TITLE DEEDS IN JOBURG
14 September 2016
Yesterday during my inauguration speech, I announced that my administration will ensure that thousands of title deeds are given to people so that they have the dignity of owning their homes which can be passed on to their children. 
 
Last week the Housing Department compiled a list of all title deeds ready to be handed over to beneficiaries. 
 
There are 2000 title deeds, many for houses handed to residents over 20 years ago, which are currently being processed. 
 
Today, we are here in Diepkloof to hand over the first of 40 title deeds which will be handed over in Diepkloof, Meadowlands and Orlando in the coming days. 
 
I am deeply honoured to be able to hand over a title deed to Mrs Anna Dikgale.
 
Mrs Dikgale, is a 70 year old widow, who has been living in her home since 1963. She looks after her grandchildren and great grandchildren in this home and relies on a social grant to sustain her family.
 
Mrs Dikgale represents the story of thousands of people in this City.
 
People who were failed by the previous administrations in this City, who turned a blind eye to their needs.
 
In fact, Mrs Dikgale, has tried to have previous administrations attend to her request to be provided with her title deed since 2007, but they were unsurprisingly unresponsive. 
 
The previous governments in this City never even visited her at her home or provided her with any feedback on her application.
 
Mrs Dikgale eventually gave up hope of ever obtaining her title deed. She stopped making follow ups when she was requested to submit documents every time she went through to Johannesburg and she also could not afford the transport costs.
 
Over five decades later, Mrs Dikgale is finally being provided with the dignity of her own title deed.
 
The handover of title deeds is a top priority of my administration, especially given the chronic legacy of a failure to do so in this City, with residents waiting years and years with no results.
 
In fact, in the 2013/14 financial year, not a single title deed was handed out by the ANC administration.
 
It is 23 days into my administration and my team is solving problems that the ANC administration failed to solve in 22 years. 
 
However, I again call on the people of Johannesburg to be patient. I have been in office for 23 days and it is going to take time to reverse 22 years of deep-rooted corruption.
 
Give us the opportunity to prove what we are able to do and how seriously we take our promise of uplifting the poor and providing dignity to all our residents.
 
We will also outline our plan for the delivery of the remaining 2000 title deeds within the next 90 days. 
 
Many of these title deeds are for beneficiaries that were handed their houses decades ago and the Housing Department is currently on the ground verifying whether the beneficiaries still reside at the homes, and in some cases, whether they are even alive.
 
It is tragic to think that there are many of our people who died waiting for their title deeds. 
 
Having a title deed puts an asset into your name which allows you to use it as security when applying for a bank loan. This provides people with the economic opportunity to better their lives and enter the mainstream economy.
 
A house is more than simply four walls and a roof - it is the basis for creating a home and a safe space to live. 
 
This need is universal, and dignified housing with title deeds is a right that every South African should be able to realise.
 
Executive Mayor
Councillor Herman Mashaba
City of Joburg
 
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Tony Taverna-Turisan
Mayoral Director of Communications
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