STATEMENT RECEIVED BY HIBISCUS COAST MUNICIPALITY:
REMARKS BY MEC FOR HUMAN SETTLEMENTS AND PUBLIC WORKS HONOURABLE MR RAVI PILLAY ON THE OCCASION OF THE HAND-OVER OF TITLE DEEDS FOR MARBURG, MERLEWOOD AND PALM VIEW BENEFICIARIES IN HIBISCUS COAST MUNICIPALITY – Civic Centre, Port Shepstone – Friday 06th September 2013
Her Worship, the Mayor of Hibiscus Coast Municipality, Cllr C. Mqwebu;
Councillors from Hibiscus Coast Municipality present;
Senior officials of the Department of Human Settlements;
Officials of the Hibiscus Coast Municipality;
Recipients of Title-Deeds;
All protocol observed;
Good Evening everyone.
Programme Director, I would like to kindly request that we all stand up and observe a minute’s silence in memory of our fellow residents from this District Municipality who tragically passed on last Sunday evening during a bus accident on their way from the annual Reed Dance.
This evening, we have come to join the communities of MARBURG, PALMVIEW AND MERLEWOOD in the Hibiscus Coast Municipality as they celebrate a major milestone in their lives.
I bring the warm greetings of our Acting Premier and Provincial Chairperson of the ANC Cde Senzo Mchunu who also asked me to convey his well wishes to the beneficiaries who will be receiving their title deeds this evening.
Our R3.5 billion Human Settlements Budget for the present financial year is set to continue on the delivery trajectory that we have embarked upon in the last 18 months.
During the immediate past financial year, we managed to deliver 25 940 units which was the highest number of units in the country. For this financial year, we have targeted to deliver 27 382 units.
Ladies and gentlemen, access to title deeds remains a fundamental principle of our national policy in human settlements.
We say so because we believe that handing-over title deeds to communities such as those of Marburg, Palmview and Merlewood goes a long way to contributing to the distribution of wealth by promoting home and land ownership.
I am quite aware of the anxiety among many members of the community from the three areas who are yet to receive their title deeds.
I have been briefed by the Municipality of the challenges they are presently facing with regard to the processing of the transferring of ownership of some houses to their rightful owners.
I sincerely believe that in due course, just like tonight’s beneficiaries, those residents will be duly notified by the Municipality when their Title Deeds are ready to be handed over.
I am quite certain that once they are ready, a similar hand-over ceremony will be held and my colleague Madame Mayor will have no problems officiating over such a ceremony.
For this evening, I would humbly request that we confine ourselves to the ceremony for the identified beneficiaries.
Municipal officials will be at hand for any queries that relate to those who are yet to receive their title deeds but whose names are not on the list of this evening’s beneficiaries.
I would also request that the matter should not be politicised as we are quite aware of the bottle necks that are causing the delay in the processing of all the qualifying beneficiaries.
These government subsidised homes have proven over a period of time that they are a social asset that parents are able to leave as inheritance to their children.
A title deed might look like just a piece of paper but its significance surpasses various generations in a household.
In addition, a title-deed is a surety of undisputed home ownership and for the more than 131 beneficiaries it is a realisation of a life dream.
Ladies and gentlemen, tonight should be a special moment for the beneficiaries. Owning a home is a major achievement in one’s life and we believe the same for the beneficiaries gathered here.
For the majority of working people whose homes are financed by financial institutions, the joy of making the last payment on one’s bond repayment is akin to a huge financial boulder being lifted on one’s shoulders.
On average it takes a period of 20 years for a bond-holder to complete repayments on his or her bond and one can imagine the financial relief after such a period of repayments.
I stand to be corrected but I dare to say that it is a life-long wish of any person to have his or her own place which he or she can proudly call his or her home.
Owning a home remains the only demonstrable tenure of security. It provides stability and also allays fears of being possibly evicted in case one is renting from a landlord.
Most significantly, home ownership is the best guarantee one can bequeath to his or her dependants and future generations and further generations to come.
So, the first step in home ownership is the possession of a piece of paper called a Title Deed. Yes, it might be like just a piece of paper but its significance surpasses various generations in a household.
With those remarks,I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the beneficiaries who tonight are proud and undisputed owners of their homes.
Working together, we can do more and therefore let us forge forward and work together for growth, development and a better future for all. “Masisukume Sakhe”
I thank you. Ngiyabonga.