Approximately 115 residents in the small town of Edenville in the Ngwathe Local Municipality in the Free State are now rightful homeowners. This is after they were officially presented title deeds, ending many years of being tenants of the properties. The presentation event was held in the Dutch Reformed Church Hall on Wednesday (16/10) and is a private-public initiative undertaken by the Ngwathe Municipality, the Free Market Foundation, through its Khaya Lam (my home) project. Joey Mochela, Ngwathe’s mayor, said progress made thus far has seen 2 594 title deeds presented to deserving people. Issuing title deeds continues to undo the 1913 Natives Land Act, which prohibited black South Africans from owning land in so-called “white areas” – restricting the question of land ownership entirely to the ethnic authorities in the reserves, later known as homelands.