Durban - The Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation has urged the Department of Human Settlements to rapidly improve its title deeds-issuing programme, this as the department has underperformed significantly in this area in the first quarter.
According to the chairperson of the committee, Rosina Semenya, the fifth Parliament’s legacy report suggested that the department should improve on the issuing of title deeds, as deeds are a wealth legacy that can be passed on from one generation to another.
“The committee is concerned that the department only issued 7 435 of the 28 796 title deeds that it had planned to issue in the first quarter. The committee recognises that the department must do a thorough verification before a deed is issued, especially for pre-1994 deeds. Nonetheless, measures must be put in place to move the process forward,” Semenya said.
She said the committee welcomed the preliminary performance indicators for the first quarter, which showed that 43% of targets were achieved, 43% were partially achieved and 14% were not achieved.
“The committee is satisfied with the department’s assurance that it has systems in place to ensure targets are achieved as planned,” she said.