Residents receive title deeds

2019-04-25 06:01
Minister for Human Settlements Nomaindia Mfeketho handing over a title deed to Victoria Pama at Resource Centre.PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

Minister for Human Settlements Nomaindia Mfeketho handing over a title deed to Victoria Pama at Resource Centre.PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

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Khayelitsha residents were exhilarated during the handover of title deeds by the minister of Human Settlements Nomaindia Mfeketo at the Resource Centre in Khayelitsha on Tuesday 23 April.

There were 191 title deeds that were supposed to be handed over to the beneficiaries but the minister only gave out 10 and other residents were asked to fetch them at the subcouncil office or at their ward councillors.

The beneficiaries were ward 92 and 94 residents, most of whom received their houses in 1985.

Victoria Pama (66), one of the beneficiaries from E section in Khayelitsha, said it’s been long overdue. “I can’t believe that as from today I’ll be the real owner of a house. It’s been a while waiting for it. I thank the minister for taking such a great initiative,” said Pama.

Subcouncil 10 chairperson and ward councillor in ward 94 Patrick Mngxunyeni described the Department of Human Settlement as one of the most challenging departments.

He said there are title deeds in the subcouncil offices but some of the property owners are reluctant to fetch them.

“There are instances where the parents died before they register the house in one of their children’s names and the children ended up fighting with one another about it. And as subcouncil we do give advice or resolve the problems,” said Mngxunyeni.

He said they’ve been handing over title deeds every year. He said sometimes they go door to door in search of the owners.

Mfeketo encouraged the beneficiaries to keep the title deeds safe. She said as the department they are facing a challenge of people selling their houses in the corners without following right procedures and later become a problem for councillors.

“Some people selling their houses without consulting a lawyer to assist them. And sometimes find out the title deed is not even transferred to the new house owner,” she said.

She described the event as an initial phase for title deeds distribution and other beneficiaries will fetch their title deeds to the subcouncil or to their ward councilors.

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