Be vigilant when buying land – RTC

20 November 2019 | Infrastructure

The Rehoboth Town Council (RTC) expressed concern over illegal land grabbers who are selling land, claiming to be legal owners without any proof of ownership.
According to council’s Public Relations Officer, Desire Theunissen, the land is council property and called on residents to refrain from such practices. “The selling of land is illegal. Council is in the process of taking legal action against the perpetrators. We want to advise residents to refrain from buying land without the necessary title deeds, clearance certificate and relevant documents required in land sales,” she warned.
When asked which areas are prone to land grabbing and what measures are in place to stop the practice, Theunissen said the areas include Burgershoek and Volstruis Vlakte, adding that there are security measures in place. “With the allocation of a security tender and visible presence of security guards we hope to redress the issue. Council has enlisted 007 Security Company to keep order in Block E, thus no serious issues are reported there,” she said.
On any plans by council to allocate land in order to prevent such practices in Rehoboth, Theunissen said land can only be availed at cost to those who can afford it. She added that this exercise is causing delays because people sit on areas earmarked for development and increase illegal occupation of land.
She gave her assurance that people who can afford to buy land will be catered for as the Property Division plans to avail erven as from February 2020 and advertise these for sale. Allocation of erven in Extension 1, Block H to 150 beneficiaries will be concluded by February 2020, while allocation of land in Extension 2 will start in April 2020 with a possible allocation of another 200 erven, she said.
Theunissen urged residents to seek advice and assistance from the council’s Housing and Properties Division regarding land sales and land allocation and encouraged anyone with information regarding illegal land grabbing and sales to report such to the town council. – Nampa

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