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Eastern Cape Government to reallocate unoccupied houses

Eastern Cape Human settlement project

Eastern Cape Provincial Department of Human settlement has call on municipalities to reallocate unoccupied houses to qualifying residents after previous owner failed to follow proper procedures.

Eastern Cape MEC for Human Settlements Ms Helen Sauls-August says some municipalities are struggling to trace beneficiaries whose houses have been completed.

She was speaking at a quarterly session with councilors responsible for human settlements portfolio.

August says Municipalities must rearrange the process to trace beneficiaries.

“The municipalities must undertake de registration to advertise and trace missing beneficiaries and allow for 21 days response before commencing with deregistration of a beneficiary,” she said.

She maintained that if legal processes are undermined, the process turn out to be illegal.

“If the legal processes are not followed to the latter, the process becomes illegal. Deregistration process must be done correctly.”

Despite the provincial department’s continuous efforts to deliver housing projects in the province, BNG housing units remain unoccupied and subject to vandalism.

The department has vowed to lodge transfer and issue 10 000 title deeds to correct beneficiaries.

The unoccupied houses also delay the transfer and issuing of title deeds to correct beneficiaries.


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