Beneficiaries get title deeds

2015-10-27 06:00
Francis Titus receives her title deed from representatives of the City department of human settlements.

Carina Roux

Francis Titus receives her title deed from representatives of the City department of human settlements. PHOTO: Carina Roux

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Beneficiaries of the Rondevlei People’s Housing Process project received their title deeds from Benedicta van Minnen, mayoral committee member for human settlements, on Friday.

Shanen Rossouw, deputy chairperson of the human settlements portfolio committee, gave a passionate speech at the ceremony thanking everyone who played a role in making the beneficiaries’ dreams come true.

Rossouw spoke directly to the beneficiaries, saying that in receiving their title deeds, they have been empowered.

One of the beneficiaries, Francis Titus, was very emotional as Van Minnen handed over her title deed.

“I lost my husband in April and we have been waiting for this house for a very long time. Now I have to look after my two children, but I am still happy that I have a home of my own”, said Titus.

Another beneficiary, Lillian Fredericks, said she was happy that she could call it her home, since she had always lived in people’s yards or rented a room.

“Now I can close my gate and my door, as this is my house,” she said.

Beneficiary Washeela Petersen said she was excited and had been waiting for her home for 12 years. She couldn’t wait to share the great news with her family.

Rossouw reminded the beneficiaries that they should not forget where they came from or what they went through in years of struggle and heartache.

She also warned youngsters in the Rondevlei area to stay away from vandalism and to respect their neighbours

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