President Cyril Ramaphosa says identifying well-located areas for social housing in urban areas is a key element of government’s land reform programme.
Speaking at the Franklin Housing Project title deed handover ceremony in Kokstad, KwaZulu-Natal, President Ramaphosa said part of the land reform programme is to give people the opportunity to own their own homes.
“It improves the prospects not only for those who are given title deeds, but also the generations who will follow. Home ownership can contribute to improved educational outcomes and reduce household poverty. Families are more secure and communities are more stable.
“We are issuing title deeds as part of the broader effort to put our people at the centre of service delivery. We are delivering on our commitment to transform South Africa to the benefit of all, particularly the poor.”
Partnering for service delivery
Ramaphosa said government should not wait for service delivery protests to respond to the problems people face.
“When people are involved in the provision of basic services, they in turn take full ownership and care of public resources. It is not enough for government to work for the people; it needs to work with the people.
“Communities need to work with the police to tackle crime and lawlessness. They need to work with education authorities to improve conditions in schools and with the health authorities to improve clinics and hospitals.”
Better managing resources
President Ramaphosa said communities must work with their councillors to improve service delivery and promote local economic development.
“When we work together, we can better manage resources and channel them to where they are needed most. In so doing, we will be ensuring that the ideals of a better and prosperous South Africa are realised for our people and for the generations to come.”