Tshwane metropolitan municipality's executive mayor Gwen Ramokgopa at the weekend showed her determination to formalise 64 informal settlements by handing out 20 of the 700 title deeds to residents of Stinkwater in Hammanskraal.
Speaking to hundreds of residents during the mayoral imbizo, Ramokgopa said a target of formalising 13 settlements by the end of June had been set.
She said 12 of these had already been formalised and work had also begun to formalise another seven settlements as soon as possible.
The excited residents ululated as Ramokgopa called out the names of the recipients to collect their title deeds.
Ramokgopa said that by formalising the settlements, the municipality intended that the settlements have infrastructures such as roads, clinics, schools, recreation facilities, water and electricity supplies in place.
"As soon as the infrastructures and basic services are extended to these settlements, we issue title deeds for those stands.
"This will ensure our people can experience the pleasures and security of owning a property.
"We are restoring our people's dignity by issuing these title deeds.
"Our ultimate goal is to formalise all the informal settlements in the city and to ensure all informal settlements in the city have access to clean water," said Ramokgopa.
She said the northern part of the city was the priority for development and service delivery.
Ramokgopa also said that a multi-purpose community centre was being built in Suurman.
The housing project in Skampaneng should also be completed by the end of the year.