MEC wants speedily solutions to problems

Ms Flora Maboa-Boltman (executive mayor of Govan Mbeki Municipality) and Mr Speedy Mashilo (MEC of the Mpumalanga Department Human Settlement) at the Council Chambers.

ECUNDA – Mr Speedy Mashilo, MEC of the Mpumalanga Department Human Settlement, has fulfilled his promise to come to Govan Mbeki Municipality to meet with councillors and officials to discuss problems.

This came after locals raised concerns over human settlement in the area during a public event in eMbalenhle in July.

People complained about old infrastructures, electricity being shut down for a long time, land invasion, the slow pace of issuing title deeds, the illegal selling of RDP houses by officials and councillors, and double ownership of stands.

Mr Mashilo promised that a detailed report over pressing service delivery challenges at Govan Mbeki Municipality would be developed for urgent government intervention.

“The purpose of this meeting is to establish the extent of the challenges and devise sound interventions in response to the demand for houses in the area. We are here today because we promised to discuss various strategies and ideas.

“The ANC-led government is committed to better the lives of our people.

“Councillors and officials must work hard to provide good service delivery.”

Mr Mashilo said one of the major problems is the issuing of title deeds.

He said when they wanted to release title deeds, they discovered that most areas were not declared a township.

The department is working round the clock to sort out this matter.

Mr Mashilo also spoke about the Finance Linked Individual Subsidy (FLISP) Programme that was developed to enable first time home owners in the affordable or gap market, people earning between R3 501 and R15 000 per month.

He said individuals in this salary bracket generally find it hard to qualify for housing finance, their income is regarded too low for mortgage finance but too high to qualify for the government free-housing subsidy scheme.

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Sifiso Mathebula

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