Lesson on title deeds welcomed

2016-02-24 06:00
AN official of the Housing Department, Owen Khuduga, reading out the names of the title deed beneficiaries at the event. Photo: Boipelo Mere

AN official of the Housing Department, Owen Khuduga, reading out the names of the title deed beneficiaries at the event. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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SAMUEL MANN (45) vows to explain the importance of a title deed to his three children after he was taught by the chairperson of the ANC, Dr Thapelo Dithebe, last week on Wednesday (17/02).

He was amongst the 130 residents of Homelite and Roodepan who gathered at the Homelite hall to receive their title deeds.

The speaker of the Sol Plaatje Municipality, Mangaliso Matika, was amongst the delegation to do the handover and the residents were amongst those who were separated because of apartheid laws.

The initiative was an effort by the municipality to restore dignity to the poor, as some families still continue to be evicted from their properties.

All Mann knew was that he was coming to collect his house papers.

Dr Dithebe urged the residents to protect and respect their title deeds, as it was their security and restored their dignity.

He further warned those people with money who took advantage of the poor title deed owners and stole their properties.

Matika said: “No one can evict you anymore, this is your licence. This also means an end to houses being sold with people inside them.

“You must also remember that this title deed means you will never, ever have a house build for you by government.”

According to Matika, the handover is also part of honouring his granny’s wish of granting the elderly their title deeds before they died, including reducing the erection of illegal shacks.

Mann shared with Express Northern Cape that he has been staying in his house in Homelite since 1993 without a care in the world.

“It is only now that I really understand what a title deed is. I was really not informed as to how it works. I did not know its importance. I was comfortable and believed that it is my house.

“I have never really been concerned that I do not own a title deed. Even after people had arrived at my house two years ago to tell me that my title deed was safely stored at the municipality.

“I just agreed when they had told me that I will be informed at a later stage when and where I can collect it,” he added.

He continued to brag how he was going to sit his children down and explain to them the importance of a title deed and keep it safe. “My next step is to take all their birth certificates and go and do the honourable thing of registering all my children as beneficiaries if I pass on.”

The speaker promised that more title deeds would be issued, as the municipality was still busy settling some disputes on other cases.

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