A HOUSING task team has been established by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality to address housing issues in the metro.
“Operation Buyisa Isidima, which will be rolled out through this task team, is about building a caring city that ensures and protects the dignity of our people,” Executive Mayor Athol Trollip said.
The newly launched task team has been instructed to ensure an eight-month turnaround time, from when ground is first broken at a project to when the rightful homeowners receive their verified title deeds.
“Operation Buyisa Isidima, through this task team, will also focus on preparing an audited and verified list of existing beneficiaries, identifying those who still require title deeds.
“Estimates indicate that this number could be well over 10 000, all of which this government will audit and hand out to the rightful owners before the end of 2017,” Trollip said.
He said the operation would identify instances of illegal occupation.
“As a pioneering intervention by the mayoral committee member for human settlements, Councillor Nqaba Bhanga, and his senior management, Operation Buyisa Isidima is a remarkable initiative that is about restoring and nurturing the dignity of our residents.
“This is the final push to improve and verify delivery, registration and ownership of state-subsidised housing dramatically.”
The task team is made up of deeds office staff, land surveyors, town planners, housing delivery officials and a municipal conveyancer.