The Gobabis Municipality is looking to issue land title deeds to about 800 residents in the Freedom Square informalsettlement in Epako.This was announced by Gobabis town Mayor, Elvire Theron, during a press briefing at the town on Friday stating that l…
The Gobabis Municipality is looking to issue land title deeds to about 800 residents in the Freedom Square informal
settlement in Epako.
This was announced by Gobabis town Mayor, Elvire Theron, during a press briefing at the town on Friday stating that land delivery remains the
council’s top priority.
“We take cognizant of the fact that land delivery has been rather slow and not to the expectation of community members. Going forward, it is important to note that 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 further 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.
In addition, 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
At the same occasion, Gobabis Municipality Chief Executive Officer, Ignatius Thudinyane, said he has written letters to all developers awarded council land for land 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.