Tenants now home owners

2018-11-27 06:00
Leatechia Ockhuis with Mayco member (South) Zahid Badroodien.PHOTOS: Samantha Lee

Leatechia Ockhuis with Mayco member (South) Zahid Badroodien.PHOTOS: Samantha Lee

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A total of 11 new homeowners have officially received their title deeds in a redress project aiming to award deeds to residents who had previously been City of Cape Tow tenants. The City is in the process of handing over historical title deeds to residents which legally confirms that they are the rightful property owners of their homes and the land on which they are built.

Zahid Badroodien, Mayco member (South), along with ward councillor Solomon Philander and ward 79 committee members, visited property owners at their homes in Beacon Valley to hand over the title deeds on Wednesday 21 November.

Among them was 80-year-old Janap Baartjies, who has been living in the area for over 38 years. She was one of the first residents to move to Beacon Valley.

“I am feeling emotional and cannot express how thankful I am. This is a dream come true. I finally own something of value,” said Baartjies.

Property owner Ivan Rorich who had been living in the area for 37 years became emotional as he paid tribute to his late wife when he received his title deed. He now also cares for his granddaughter who has
autism.

“Thank you, I am so glad that I have finally received my title deed. Finally, the house is officially mine,” said Rorich.

Another property owner, Elizabeth Barron (65) said it feels good to have her own home.

Leatechia Ockhuis could not hold back the tears of joy. She has been living in the area for more than 40 years and was suprised by the handover. “I can’t stop the tears of joy. I have no words,” she said.

The deeds are part of a redress project by the City.

“It is important to understand that these residents have been living in their homes for many years and never have they been able to own something of this value. What we are doing now is giving them an opportunity to own their homes and something they can put on their name and I belive that gives people their dignity back,” said Badroodien to People’s Post.

“This means that they can say they do belong, whether it is to a community or a larger scale the City and as we have heard today, people are excited that they finally have something of their own. People who have waited and we are changing lives today.”

Ward 79 committee member Carol Mentoor, who accompanied the councillors on the day, said: “It is the first time encountering this and when I walked around to inform people about it, they were so overwhelmed. They had waited a long time for this and for me being part of this celebration it is auspicious. This has never happened in my time and to see their joy is a wow.”

Mentoor, a community worker in the area said she was overjoyed to be a part of the event.

Councillor Solomon Philander says:“People living here were tenants before, but now after 30-years, they are receiving their title deeds. They are owners. It is a document they can use as collateral and it is something they can leave for their children. This is really a redress project giving our people ownership to something they never thought they could own after paying rent all the time. Some of them could not make a loan to own a home. But with this, they could get their title deed.”

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