Hout Bay residents have title deeds but no houses

2 days 4 hours ago
Bureaucratic bungling has left dozens in limbo for 13 years

By Thembela Ntongana

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Lingiswa Mahashe shows the title deed she has held for 13 years, but she still has no house. Photo: Thembela Ntongana

“Administrative error” has left 37 households in Imizamo Yethu sitting for 13 years with title deeds but no houses.

“I get water bills, but I live in an informal settlement,” says 58-year-old Lungiswa Mahashe.

She received a title deed to a house in March 2005. But 13 years later, she is still in a shack and does not know if she will ever get a house. Mahashe lives with her husband, two children and six grandchildren in a three-room shack. She has lived in Imizamo Yethu for 27 years.

“People that used to be my neighbours are living in their houses but I am not, and no one is doing anything about it … Most days I go past what could have been my house but someone else is living it, and no one can explain to me how it happened,” says Mahashe.

Veliswa Nkopha also has a title deed, but with her ID number and someone else’s name. She says the City of Cape Town told her she should fix the problem at the Department of Home Affairs as perhaps more than one person had her ID number. Home Affairs told her the ID number is in her name and there is nobody else with that number.

“I just do not know what this means. Does it mean I will never get a house because someone else is living in mine?” asked Nkopha.

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Windhoek to Build Houses Costing Below N$100,000

2 days 9 hours ago

Windhoek — The City of Windhoek (CoW) has portioned off land in the informal settlements which have been earmarked for the construction of low-cost houses for residents.

City of Windhoek CEO Robert Kahimise said the houses would be valued below N$100,000.

These houses are for ultra-low income earners, including street vendors and traders.

These houses will be built with bricks, mortar and alternative building solutions.

READ MORE: https://www.newera.com.na/2018/04/23/cow-to-build-houses-costing-below-n...

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Work underway to replace pit latrine backlog

2 days 12 hours ago

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) says judgement in the Michael Komape case, ordering the department to replace all pit toilets in Limpopo, comes as work is already underway to fast track sanitation infrastructure.

Michael Komape lost his life at the age of five when he fell into a pit latrine at his primary school in Limpopo.

On Monday, Judge Gerrit Muller handed down judgment in the Limpopo High Court in Polokwane.

“This judgement comes at a time when, as the Department of Basic Education, we are seized with the matter of school infrastructure and pit latrines, in particular as per President Cyril Ramaphosa’s directive that addressing sanitation infrastructure backlogs must be accelerated.

“As a result, an audit of all school toilets is currently underway in all provinces and a comprehensive costed plan will be given to the President for consideration within the set timelines,” said the department.

Following the death of five-year-old Lumka Mkhethwa of Luna Primary School in Bizana, Eastern Cape, who met the same fate as Komape this year, President Ramaphosa issued a directive to the department to urgently address the sanitation infrastructure backlog.

“The judgment of the High Court in Polokwane falls directly in line with the directive from the President, which goes even further than the Judgement to include all schools across the entire country, not just in Limpopo. Work in this regard is already underway,” said the department.

Judge Muller dismissed the R3 million financial compensation claims of the family but ordered the Limpopo Education Department (LED) and the department to replace all pit toilets in rural Limpopo schools. The order will be under the supervision of the court.

In addition, Judge Muller ordered that the department pay R6 000 each to Michael’s siblings, Maria and Onica Komape, for future medical treatment.

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Angry residents surround regional leadership in Pietermaritzburg city hall

2 days 15 hours ago
Protests against alleged corruption in municipality

By Nompendulo Ngubane

Protesters demanded entry to the Pietermaritzburg city hall and blocked all exits. They chanted, sung struggle songs and swore at Msunduzi deputy mayor Thobani Zuma. Photo: Nompendulo Ngubane

At about 3am on Sunday morning, residents of Sobantu in Pietermaritzburg barricaded roads with burning tyres and rocks and stopped drivers entering or leaving the township. The protests are over housing and crumbling infrastructure.

Protesters then took taxis to Pietermaritzburg city hall, where ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule had a 10am meeting with the leadership of the Moses Mabhida Region. The meeting was to discuss whether a regional ANC conference would be held in June. The Sobantu residents joined other community members, many in ANC T-shirts, who want the ANC Regional Executive Committee (REC) dissolved.

The protesters demanded entry to the city hall and blocked all exits. They chanted, sung struggle songs and swore at Msunduzi deputy mayor Thobani Zuma.

“There will be no conference,” said Sanele Zimu from Dambuza. “We want an REC that will not support corrupt officials in Msunduzi municipality. We are not going anywhere. None of them will leave this building. We want answers. They must tell us what is delaying service delivery in Greater Edendale.”

Protesters were eventually allowed into the city hall to table their concerns with Magashule. He promised to report to the ANC NEC and he left at about 5pm.

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