147 erven handed over at Rehoboth

The Rehoboth Town Council’s (RTC) housing and properties division recently re-allocated 147 erven for beneficiaries at Block H Extension 1. In a recent statement, the RTC said 46,9% of recipients showed up to claim their erven. Of the outstanding 53,1%, the majority of recipients claimed their erven in the first allocation.

“Although these erven were already allocated to the beneficiaries’ two years ago, prior to the commencement of this re-allocation process, many of them never got to fence off or build any structure to occupy the given erven. For this reason, council committed to hire land surveyors to re-peg these erven and re-allocate them for a final time,” noted the statement.

Rehoboth town planner Freddy Shihepo said if the pegs on the unclaimed erven get lost, the beneficiaries must hire a land surveyor at their own cost to re-peg their erven within three months or risk forfeiting them to the Rehoboth Town Council indefinitely. The re-allocation of erven took place on 9 March.

“The recipients that didn’t come and claim their property but are aware of the location of their erven are encouraged to come to the housing and properties office to get updated allocation letters and start taking occupation of their erven within the stipulated three-month time period,” Shihepo said.

Rehoboth mayor Amanda Groenewaldt, during a recent council meeting, said improving service delivery for the Rehoboth community is part of the transformational strategy of the council.

Groenewaldt said the current administration is doing everything in their power to make Rehoboth the destination of choice regarding investment and development.

“The core of our existence is to serve the people who elected us into the positions we are in. It is our call to ensure that our residents and all key stakeholders feel that they truly form part of the developmental trajectory, plans and future successes of our town,” Groenewaldt said.

Groenewaldt added that it is imperative to prioritise more lights at the town, the electrification of informal areas and ensure land delivery and access to housing for all.

Groenewaldt also gave the assurance that ongoing projects such as the alienation of houses at Block E, the instituting of an informal market at Block E, water reticulation at Bahnhof and the agricultural plots, as well as the upgrading of roads infrastructure will be realised in due course.

“All these projects are crucial for the socio-economic development of this town. The councillors are also planning vending machines for water purchasing and have resolved to ensure access to prepaid water to Extension 2 at Block H.

“Please bear with us, be a little patient and have faith, also support us so that we see these developments through,” Groenewaldt said.

An upcoming public meeting with the council will take place on 24 March at the Hermanus van Wyk Gedenksaal from 14h00 to 16h00 and Oanob Hall from 16h00 to 18h00.

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