MINISTER APPOINTS GIDEON INTO LAND BOARD
...His job is to advise the minister on sectional titles matters
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.
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.