Black city dwellers entitled

2015-06-04 06:01

Families who received titltle deeds from the City of Cape Town.

Families who received titltle deeds from the City of Cape Town.

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The City of Cape Town has handed over 20 title deeds to the beneficiaries of the Black City housing project as part of the latest batch of handovers in Nyanga.

The Black and White City housing project in Nyanga was developed nine years ago when civil engineering services were installed for approximately 250 families.

The beneficiaries earmarked for the Black and White City project came from the Black City informal settlement and also included backyarders from the White City area.

The project consists of 241 units, including 222 units in Black City and 19 in White City.

The top structure application for Black and White City was approved in 2008 and construction started in July that year.

To date, 161 Black City title deed transfers have been completed, and the remainder of the transfers are still in process.

‘Having the opportunity to provide the beneficiaries with title deeds is a great honour, there is nothing more empowering than the economic opportunities of owning an asset.

‘These beneficiaries can now enjoy peace of mind knowing that they have the official documentation to ensure that their house becomes part of their estate,’ said Councillor Benedicta van Minnen.

The Black and White City project forms part of the greater Nyanga Upgrade Project which was initiated in 2003 and consists of 10 sub-projects, namely Black City, White City, KTC3, Mpetha Square, Mkhonto Square, Freedom Square, Mpinga Square, Millers Camp Phase 4 (Lusaka) and Millers Camp Phase 3A and 3B.

To date, a total of 2 072 houses have been built through a People’s Housing Process – a community-driven partnership with other stakeholders, such as government.

The City urges the beneficiaries of housing projects to contact their local ward councillor to find out whether their title deed has been issued

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