02 Aug 2018 16:50pm
REHOBOTH, 02 AUG (NAMPA) Five people out of 250 beneficiaries officially received serviced plots on Thursday from the Rehoboth Town Council (RTC) during a stakeholders conference organised by the local authority here.
The beneficiaries include people on the Rukoro Report, those who were victims of plots allocated to two different owners at the same time, Burgershoek residents and people living near the Rehoboth cemetery.
The Rukoro Report was endorsed by Cabinet in 1992 to make 3 000 erven available to displaced black people under apartheid rule, and 2 500 to the Rehoboth Basters under the Paternal Laws, within the boundaries of the town.
However, the RTC undertook to only allocate 5 000 erven in total.
During the handing over ceremony, RTC Infrastructure, Town Planning and Technical Manager, Ernst de Waal, who until end of July acted as council Chief Executive Officer, said the handing over of the plots is in line with the central government responsibility.
We as the town council felt that people need to have a roof over their heads and as the link between the government and community, we feel obliged to make a difference today to the homeless to have land of their own, De Waal said.
He said from the 2 500 earmarked plots in the first phase, 250 people were allocated serviced plots, with the rest of the remaining plots to be allocated during the second phase.
After receiving a model key for her plot, Juliana Shipindo, 62, a mother of five children, said she has been living in her grandmothers house for over 40 years.
Thank you to our government and RTC for making my dream of owning a house come true, she said.
Another beneficiary, Manfred Beukes, 40, a father of three children said he is happy to have finally been allocated land to build his house.
I have been living with my mother-in-law for 15 years and I never in my wildest dreams thought this day would come. Thank you RTC for this great gift, he said.