City trains new home owners

2015-08-18 06:01

A thousand women who are housing beneficiaries in the city have been trained over the past year with essential knowledge and skills that all new homeowners should have.

The City of Cape Town’s human settlements directorate organises this training for new housing beneficiaries.

The women beneficiaries who participated in these training sessions came from all over the city and are recipients of new housing opportunities in various areas, including Pelican Park, Rondevlei in Lavender Hill, Kanonkop and Witsand in Atlantis, N2 Gateway in Joe Slovo, Langa, and Precinct 3 and 5 in Delft.

During Woman’s Month, the City hosted two training sessions in Pelican Park on two consecutive Saturdays.

The training is conducted by women trainers from various City directorates and focuses on a host of essential topics to help the beneficiaries make informed decisions as new home owners.

“Ensuring that female beneficiaries of new housing opportunities – many of whom were prohibited from owning an asset in the past – are equipped with knowledge about what it means to be an owner and the responsibilities, forms an essential part of the City’s efforts to empower beneficiaries, especially female-headed households. Ownership is possibly one of the greatest methods to bring redress to our residents as it unlocks economic potential and opportunities,” says Benedicta van Minnen, mayoral committee member for human settlements.

“While training is conducted regularly and is open for all beneficiaries, we have been encouraged to see the number of female beneficiaries attending and really taking ownership of this new opportunity. Many of these women are running households, raising children and working full-time jobs. Their eager and willing attitudes are a true inspiration to our society and the City salutes them for the role they play in our communities,” says Van Minnen

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