Willing to help

2018-07-10 06:01
Some of the officials from TNK Attorneys, the City of Cape Town and workshop attendees at the Lentegeur subcouncil office session on Wednesday­.­PHOTO: Samantha Lee

Some of the officials from TNK Attorneys, the City of Cape Town and workshop attendees at the Lentegeur subcouncil office session on Wednesday­.­PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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Deeds recipients in Area South have received a holistic education and assurance as part of efforts to empower them.

The City of Cape Town facilitated a wills workshop in various sections of the district over the last few weeks, with the initiative visiting the Lentegeur subcouncil offices from 09:00 to 14:00 on Wednesday with a follow-up session in Retreat on Thursday.

The sessions were initiated by Mayco member (South) Eddie Andrews and done in partnership with TNK Attorneys, with invitations extended to all recent deeds recipients­.

A second call was extended via social media for residents from the greater area also able to participate.

“Council has resolved to allocate title deeds to qualifying home owners, those who have been living in units for a while and now have the opportunity to own it. What we then discovered was that those residents now have an asset and don’t have a will. In the event that they do pass on, who does it then go to? In our communities we have seen that this has the potential to delay any transfer of ownership of the property due to the master’s and sibling squabbles. We wanted to assist the homeowners now while they are alive to confirm who they want to leave the property to,” he says.

Each session could accommodate around 50 residents, with wills sessions held in Tafelsig, Pelican Park and Retreat.

“We want to spread it as far as we can where a large number of deeds have been handed over to deed beneficiaries,” says Andrews.

“It is not just the signing of a document, it is an explanation and process that the residents have to go through.”

Andrews says more sessions will be held following the next round of deeds handovers­.

Andrews confirms deed processes have been initiated in areas across the district including Ocean View, Diep River and Mitchell’s Plain.

The aim of the initiative was to educate the new deed owners on the importance of insurance and the need for a will, followed by one-on-one sessions with representatives of TNK Attorneys assisting residents in drafting their wills.

Each resident left with their will in hand.

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