Title deeds planned for Epako residents

14 February 2021 | Infrastructure

The Gobabis Municipality is looking to issue land title deeds to about 800 residents in the Freedom Square informal settlement in Epako, mayor Elvire Theron said, adding that land delivery remains the council’s priority.
“We realise that land delivery has been slow and not to the expectation of community members. Going forward, land delivery will be properly planned. We cannot sit with a scenario where the municipality does not own up to what is expected of it,” she said.
Theron said this would give inhabitants the necessary ownership and pride for future developments, adding that the flexible land tenure will be rolled out to all other informal settlements over time.
The town has about 25 000 inhabitants of which 8 000 live in informal settlements and 17 000 in the formal section.

Land audit underway
Theron said the council is also currently in the process of conducting land audits that will look into the land that was bought between 2014 and 2020.
At the same occasion, Gobabis Municipality chief executive Ignatius Thudinyane said he has written to all developers awarded council land for development purposes but have not delivered as agreed upon. He said they have a deadline of 31 March 2021 to give progress reports as to what they have done and what they are busy doing since they were awarded these tenders.
“After the deadline, if the municipality is not happy with the work done or being done by a certain developer, measures will be taken,” he assured. – Nampa