MIN­IS­TER AP­POINTS GIDEON INTO LAND BOARD

...His job is to ad­vise the min­is­ter on sec­tional ti­tles mat­ters

Swazi Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Sto­ries by Mbono Md­luli

DE­SPITE the open vote of no con­fi­dence against em­bat­tled Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil of Mba­bane CEO Gideon Mh­longo by coun­cil­lors and ratepay­ers, Hous­ing Min­is­ter Phi­wayinkhosi Mabuza ap­pears to think oth­er­wise.

He ap­pointed Mh­longo into the new Sec­tional Ti­tles Reg­u­la­tions Board yes­ter­day at Royal Swazi Spa Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Ezul­wini dur­ing the launch of the Sec­tional Ti­tles Act.

The trou­bled chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, whose

con­tract talks are fal­ter­ing, was ap­pointed in his ca­pac­ity as Pres­i­dent of the Lo­cal Au­thor­i­ties Man­agers As­so­ci­a­tion of Swazi­land (LAMAS).

Mh­longo was ap­pointed to serve with nine other mem­bers of the board. The board will be chaired by Regis­trar of Deeds Tha­bani Masina and it will serve for a pe­riod of three years.

Other mem­bers of the board in­clude Min­istry of Hous­ing Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary (PS) Clif­ford Mamba, Di­rec­tor of Hous­ing and Hu­man Set­tle­ments Bhekithemba Mat­se­bula and lawyer Ma­bandla Manzini.

Other mem­bers come from dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions in the prop­erty field and re­lated in­dus- tries. The main re­spon­si­bil­ity of the board is to ad­vise the min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for hous­ing on mat­ters re­lated to sec­tional ti­tles.

Mabuza ap­pointed the board in terms of the Sec­tional Ti­tles Amend­ment Act of 2017, which amended the Sec­tional Ti­tles Act of 2003.

This leg­is­la­tion was passed to en­able or­di­nary Emaswati to own sec­tions of prop­er­ties, es­pe­cially build­ings. This means the leg­is­la­tion can now em­power Emaswati to own a sec­tion of any kind of prop­erty, be it a res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial, or in­dus­trial prop­erty.

Own­er­ship

The own­er­ship of sec­tions of build­ings can en­able Emaswati to have shares from prof­its gen­er­ated by the prop­er­ties. Own­ers would pos­sess ti­tle deeds to show that they own the sec­tions of cer­tain build­ings in the coun­try.

Mabuza said it was un­prece­dented to have a leg­is­la­tion launched af­ter be­ing en­acted by Par­lia­ment.

How­ever, he hailed the move to have this leg­is­la­tion launched as it would en­able the or­di­nary mem­bers of the pub­lic to be prop­erty own­ers through own­ing sec­tions of prop­er­ties.

This move, ac­cord­ing to Mabuza, would help in stim­u­lat­ing the prop­erty mar­ket in the coun­try. The stim­u­la­tion of the prop­erty mar­ket would help the coun­try im­prove its econ­omy be­cause the own­ers of the sec­tional ti­tles would be able to se­cure fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance from fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions to im­ple­ment their in­come-gen­er­at­ing projects. He said this would ful­fil the obli­ga­tion of his min­istry, which was to en­sure af­ford­able hous­ing to the ci­ti­zens of the coun­try.

The min­is­ter fur­ther thanked for­mer leg­is­la­tors of the 10th Par­lia­ment for en­sur­ing that this piece of leg­is­la­tion was passed last year.

He said the leg­is­la­tion had been ly­ing dor­mant since 2003, un­til the leg­is­la­ture called for its amend­ment in 2017.

He called upon the min­istry and all its stake­hold­ers to en­sure they made the en­vi­ron­ment con­ducive for the piece of leg­is­la­tion to work and help Emaswati.

BOARD MEM­BER: Mba­bane Mu­nic­i­pal CEO Gideon Mh­longo.

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