Thou­sands fail­ing to pay for plots in Mba­bane

Observer on Saturday - - News -

Over 1 000 ben­e­fi­cia­ries who ben­e­fited in the up­grad­ing of in­for­mal set­tle­ments have failed to pay for their al­lo­cated plots in Mba­bane.

The project fo­cused on up­grad­ing four com­mu­ni­ties, namely Msun­duza, Nk­walini Zone 2, Nk­walini Zone 4 and Mah­h­walala Zone 6. The fail­ure to pay by the ben­e­fi­cia­ries has left the Mba­bane Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil with the big­gest chal­lenge. Ac­cord­ing to Min­is­ter of Hous­ing and Ur­ban Devel­op­ment Phi­wayinkhosi Mabuza, over 3 300 plots were de­vel­oped by the Mba­bane Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil and al­lo­cated to peo­ple on a 99 year lease. The plots were not for sale but in­stead the own­ers were ex­pected to pay E400 com­mit­ment fee then had five years to com­plete the full plot price.

“The Coun­cil is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing an ex­tremely slow pay­ment of the plots from the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the up­grad­ing project sites,” the min­is­ter said.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­cently re­leased re­port on the sta­tus of the ur­ban devel­op­ment project up­grad­ing in Mba­bane, Mah­h­walala Zone 5 be­gan in the year 2000 and upon al­lo­ca­tion, ben­e­fi­cia­ries were ex­pected to pay a de­posit of E400 be­fore the end of six months from the date of al­lo­ca­tion.

“In Nk­walini, the plot ben­e­fi­cia­ries were ex­pected to pay the de­posit of E400 within three months from the date of al­lo­ca­tion. The ben­e­fi­cia­ries we fur­ther given five years to pay the full plot price.

As fur­ther in­cen­tive to the ben­e­fi­cia­ries, gov­ern­ment also un­der­took to pay the rates due on each plot un­til the price had been fully paid by the ben­e­fi­cia­ries,” states the re­port.

It states that plot pay­ment has been so poor that some ben­e­fi­cia­ries have not even paid the E400 de­posit since they were al­lo­cated.

“An­other chal­lenge is that a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of those who have fully paid their prop­er­ties have not taken steps to reg­is­ter their ti­tles, pre­sum­ably in or­der to con­tinue to ben­e­fit from gov­ern­ment pay­ing their rates,” states the re­port.

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