WARD 33 residents rejoiced after their wait and battle of over 20 years for the transfer of title deeds in their names finally came to pass as the municipality transferred rental housing stock to 10 families living on Newton Road. It was DA councillor Naleni Naidoo who finally managed to achieve victory for the residents having brought forward a private members’ motion to the Msunduzi Municipality council for the transfer of the properties back in 2013 and now five years later, finally received the go ahead. “It has been five years of constant struggle with the various relevant departments; namely the electricity, roads and housing departments for the transfer of the municipal rental housing stock,” said Naidoo who added that these residents have been raising their concerns over housing since 1994. Though other residents had received their transfers, the 10 families from Newton Road were denied their transfers due to a proposed fly-over bridge that was envisaged by the city for the area and despite numerous meetings with officials all requests for the transfers were denied even though electric pylons were erected on the very same area meant for the bridge. “When I was ward councillor for the area I had picked up the issue from public meetings and began the process with a Private Members’ Motion in 2013 and continued to follow up on the issue for the last five years. “I highlighted the fact that the proposed bridge envisaged over 20 years ago had never been budgeted for and becomes even more contentious in light of the fact that the electricity department had built pylons over that very same area that was earmarked for the said bridge,” said Naidoo. Naidoo said that on October 4, her hard work and constant efforts finally paid off after she received assurance from the municipality that the rental residents would finally become home owners. The municipality confirmed that the motion to give the residents the title deeds had been passed on October 4 at full council.