Sunday, August 08, 2010

RDP Houses to be "Confiscated"

Many of us have been aware of this problem for years. The reality of multiple ownership of homes has meant that individuals have profited from government schemes designed to help the needy, not just the opportunistic.

The pattern is simple, government builts you a house, then you sell it or rent it out and go back to living in a shack, and/or move to another area and get the government to build you a new house.

Favourite quote:

"beneficiaries sold their house, and then once they had spent their money, tried to reclaim it."


RDP houses sold in contravention of Housing Act to be confiscated

Peter Luhanga

RDP houses in the province transferred to beneficiaries less than eight years ago, which have been sold by their owners, will be confiscated and given to the needy, says Housing MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela.

Location specific audits have revealed that in some cases, as in George, up to 90 percent of RDP houses have been sold by beneficiaries, and a visit by former housing MEC Richard Dyantyi in 2008 revealed that up to 60 percent of RDP houses in Du Noon had been sold or let.

But Madikizela said the Housing Act stipulated that the RDP housing beneficiaries were not allowed to sell their houses within an eight year period, and his department was to audit the 101 000 housing subsidies granted since 2002.

“The houses that are returned to the Department in terms of the pre-emptive right clause (in the Housing Act) will be reallocated by municipalities to qualifying people in terms of the relevant criteria,” said Madikizela.

“We will find a way that government reclaim the houses (RDP) and give them to the needy.”

But he said the magnitude of the problem had to first be determined.

To this end his department was busy drafting terms of reference to appoint a service provider to analyse the status of all state-funded housing projects.

He said the survey to be conducted by an appointed service provider would also establish how many title deeds still needed to be transferred to beneficiaries and, where title deeds had not been handed over, what the reasons for the delay were.

“It is anticipated that this survey of our projects will be concluded by the end of the financial year (31 March 2011). However, once we have some preliminary data from this study we will already be in a position to start to plot a way forward in dealing with this matter.”

In Du Noon residents were scared to speak about the sales and ownership of RDP houses, saying they feared being killed if they spoke out about what exactly was happening.

Community leader Madlomo Ndamane said the sale of RDP houses was “a hot business” in the township.

“Its a big problem.”

She said beneficiaries sold their house, and then once they had spent their money, tried to reclaim it.

She also said there were people who were approved RDP house beneficiaries, but never occupied their house, suggesting that money could have exchanged hands and other people were given the houses instead.

Meanwhile, the City has admitted that it was battling to issue title deeds to approved RDP housing beneficiaries in the metro.

Land acquisition specialist in the city’s housing directorate, Marlize Odendal said in many cases the occupants of RDP houses were not the official beneficiaries, which made it difficult for the city to issue title deeds.

“It’s a general problem (issuing of title deeds) and its country wide,” said Odendal

A senior city official in the housing directorate, who did not want to be named as he was not sure he was allowed to speak to the press, said the process of issuing title deeds in Du Noon was suspended last year as city-contracted workers received death threats from residents.

Blaauwberg sub-council chair Heather Brenner confirmed that city efforts to investigate “approved beneficiaries” of RDP houses in Du Noon had been continuously disrupted by people who did not want the project to move forward.

Brenner said of about 1000 RDP houses in Du Noon, half of them had been investigated and were occupied by official beneficiaries, but the remainder were unknown and under suspicion because residents there had threatened city contractors.

“It’s been a very frustrating exercise, true beneficiaries have been waiting for ten years to get their title deeds. They deserve them.”

Odendal said similar problems had been experienced in Gugulethu and Langa. — West Cape News

4 Opinion(s):

Dachshund said...

“It’s been a very frustrating exercise, true beneficiaries have been waiting for ten years to get their title deeds. They deserve them."

They deserve to wipe their layabout arses with their worthless title deeds.

Exzanian said...

Wait till you give 'em a title deed to 1000 acres of mielie land...

Dachshund said...

Here's a hint:

Swaziland News
For all your Swazi News

Swaziland continues to import more maize
Business Section

By FAITH SHONGWE - SWAZI TIMES-16-Feb-2010

MBABANE – The country will have to import more maize, as the maize shortfall for the 2009/2010 season is projected at 84 000 metric tonnes.

Importing maize to counter the shortfall has been the trend for close to a decade now and it has led to a situation where more maize has to be imported from neighbouring South Africa. According to the Swaziland Business Year Book for 2010 the total cereal requirement for the 2009/2010 season is 166 000 metric tonnes, while the local production is expected to be 82 000 metric tonnes.

Maize is the country’s staple crop and it forms an integral component of the nation’s dietary intake and is mostly grown by smallholder farmers with little or no access to irrigation. In order to maximise self-sufficiency in food, maize production by local farmers is actively encouraged through events such as the National Maize Competition that is held annually.

The total cereal requirement for the 2009/2010 season is estimated at 166 000 tones. With local production predicted at 82 000 tonnes for the year, there will be a shortfall of 84 000 tonnes.

Sorghum production is encouraged as an alternative food source but the output is low because most Swazis prefer other cereals. Rice production is insignificant but it was announced that the Taiwanese Technical Mission is to inject E5 million into this sector on an effort to rehabilitate local production and reduce the 20 000 tonnes that are imported each year.

In October last year, the National Maize Corporation (NMC) recently said they had only received about 4 000 tonnes, which is enough to feed the country for one month.

“Farmers have sold maize that is only enough to feed the country for one month this marketing season. These are just some of the things that compel us to import maize in order to be able to feed the nation and this is why many of you see the vehicles transporting imported maize from other countries. We hope that this year more farmers will get off their lazy arses and plant,” said NMC Senior Technical Manager, Sipho Dlamini during the prize presentation of the National Maize Competition last year. (Don't hold your breath, Sipho.)

Viking said...

The biggest losers are going to be those who bought the houses - imagine trying to get the money back from the sellers?

Dachshund -

"National Maize Corporation"
lol. you couln't make that up...