Owners at last

2019-06-04 06:00
Samuel Abrahams (64) putting a signature on his title deed. PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

Samuel Abrahams (64) putting a signature on his title deed. PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

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It was a moment of joy and relief for a group of Beacon Valley senior citizens when they received the title deeds to their homes last Tuesday.

Samuel Abrahams (64), Ronald Lawrence (67) and Elizabeth Abrahams (64) are some of the people who received their title deeds from Solomon Philander, ward 79 councillor.

The documents give the pensioners full ownership of their properties, and they all could not hide their emotions.

Lawrence, who has been living in the house for more than 30 years, said he was very happy to finally own the property. He promised to continue looking after the house well.

Lawrence’s daughter Rodensia said: “We are very excited, thank you. It took us long to get here and it was a struggle but now it is our house. We are also emotional because our mother is no longer with us.”

For Samuel, who lives with his wife and their two children, getting the document means relief and closure. He says he will no longer worry about the ownership of the house. “I am very happy. My wife and I are pensioners and that is how we put food on the table,” says Abrahams.

Elizabeth feels great to finally own a house. She says she has been waiting for more than 30 years. Elizabeth was born in Manenberg and briefly lived in Black River. She said she never knew she would own property one day.

She says her husband passed away many years ago and it would have been nice to share the moment with him.

Philander said these recipients are part of a group that will be getting their title deeds in the area. He described the moment as one that called for a celebration, saying people were unable to own houses in the past due to apartheid laws.

He congratulated new owners and urged them not to transfer their houses to their children. “They (owners) must draft wills that dictate as to who should inherit (the houses) when they are dead,” he emphasised.

He said this was almost like a gift because the recipients paid just over R1000 towards lawyer fees. “It is your asset, do not sell it because if you do, you will not get it again,” he warned.

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