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Houses intended for poor residents are not for sale

SILINDILE MALULEKA ETHEKWINI Municipality has condemned the selling of government houses by recipients, which is rife especially in Breaking New Ground (RDP) housing projects. The Municipality is taking a tough stance against beneficiaries of government housing who are selling their homes for financial gain. Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee Chairperson Councillor Mondli Mthembu has issued a stern warning to those who are involved in this illegal practice. ?If government has issued a house to you and you put it on the market for sale, you will face the full might of the law. It is not allowed and is a criminal activity. If you are doing it, you will find yourself on the wrong side of the law,? he said. The City?s Human Settlements Unit is working with the City Integrity and Investigations Unit to deal with fraudulent activities taking place in various housing projects in eThekwini. Allocations Manager for the Human Settlements Unit Gugu Ngema said the selling of houses is a challenge which the City is working hard to eradicate. ?Beneficiaries who sell their houses must be aware that they cannot benefit from another housing project in South Africa because the Department of Human Settlements uses one system called the Housing Subsidy System. This system records the information which is available to any administrator working in the department irrespective of the province they are in,? she said. The Municipality is aware that some beneficiaries are selling their houses and returning to informal settlements or transit camps where they previously lived. A warning has also been issued to those buying RDP homes. ?To those who buy houses from beneficiaries, the title deed remains in the name of the approved beneficiary. If the beneficiary decides to come back and evict you, the Municipality cannot intervene because the title deed and records will prove who the owner is. The buyer will therefore lose their money,? explained Ngema. The Municipality is in possession of a court order to evict illegal occupants who have invaded the Cornubia Integrated Human Settlement Project. The Human Settlements Unit has been approached by people in possession of false allocation letters under the pretence that they have EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede, Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer and Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee Chairperson Councillor Mondli Mthembu with an elated house recipient, Phumzile Mbambo, who was one of four beneficiaries of the newly built Breaking New Ground (RDP) houses in eTafuleni, Inanda during this year?s Mandela Day celebrations on 18 July. Council has warned people not to sell government houses for financial gain. Picture: ZAMANTUNGWA GUMEDE been given the letters to use in order to collect their house keys. The fake letters, titled ?temporary title deed?, are being investigated by the Municipality along with all other housing related fraudulent activities that have been reported to the City. Allocations for houses are done based on all approved beneficiaries by the Housing Subsidy System. This is followed by the allocation to the rightful owner. Ngema reiterated that government houses are not for sale.

Disabled people urged to apply for Municipal jobs

KHAYA SENGANI ETHEKWINI Municipality is committed to empowering people with disabilities and urges them to apply for advertised Municipal jobs. A report, detailing how the inclusion of people with disabilities into poverty reduction and development programmes would assist in breaking the cycle of poverty, was tabled at a recent Governance and Human Resources Portfolio Committee meeting. Chairperson of the Committee Councillor Barbara Fortein said the City has to employ more people with disabilities. This was supported by councillors at the meeting who urged officials to fast-track the process of employing people with disabilities. Deputy City Manager of Corporate and Human Resources Dumisile Nene said currently 289 people with disabilities are employed by the City. She said a further 262 would still have to be employed to achieve the City?s two percent target. ?We are not disregarding the employment policy because we are looking for people who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised positions. We encourage people with disabilities to apply for Municipal positions,? said Nene. She said some clusters, such as the Governance, Corporate and Human Resources Cluster, have already transformed in meeting employment equity targets in terms of women employment. Nene said they wanted to dispel any stigmas and address the lack of understanding about people with disabilities. ?The Municipality is committed to addressing challenges faced by people with disabilities and to provide awareness around any form of disability. We have established links with various organisations in a bid to ensure that people with disabilities are represented and employed in the City,? she said. Nene added that people with disabilities should not hesitate to declare their disability status when applying for Municipal jobs. The City also has an employment equity office which deals with representation of minorities in the workplace.

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