There are over 2000 families living in houses for which they are owed title deeds by the Johannesburg Metro. These title deeds have been outstanding for years (some for as many as twenty years).
Our new executive mayor, Councillor Herman Mashaba handed out just five of these to citizens living in Eldorado Park. He begged the indulgence of the people of Johannesburg for being unable to attend to the entire backlog simultaneously, but promised fast tracked service delivery in areas like Eldorado Park.
“This is the beginning of a journey to better your lives,” Cllr Mashaba said and added: “you gave us permission by electing us to better your lives, we have no other option”.
The Mayor promised that his administration will not abandon people’s hopes and dreams. He said he knew how important a home is, no matter how basic, adding that a home is far more than a front door, four walls, and a roof.
Home ownership is about investing in savings, building a family, and planting roots in a community. Having title to a home provides people with the economic opportunity to better their lives and enter the mainstream economy.
Mayor Mashaba encouraged residents to register properly on the waiting list as there will be no “connected” people who jump the housing queue. He said Civil Society and the community should be vigilant and not allow anyone to abuse them.
“As a new government, we are committing to serve you and be a government you deserve,” added Cllr Mashaba.
A resident praised the Mayor for not donning the uniform of the party which elected him to the position. In response, Cllr Mashaba said he was a Mayor for all residents of Johannesburg – those who voted for his party and those who did not.
I like this new mayor of ours.