Copesville residents’ dream of owning a home comes true

2015-08-13 09:09
Neighbours and good friends Kogie Govender (left) and Shanitha Reddy said they were overjoyed to finally have ownership of their homes.

Neighbours and good friends Kogie Govender (left) and Shanitha Reddy said they were overjoyed to finally have ownership of their homes. (Chelsea Pieterse)

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AFTER years of hoping to one day own their own houses, 103 Copesville residents received the title deeds to their homes in an emotional ceremony on Tuesday night.

With some residents waiting over two decades to own their own homes, the Human Settlements Department handed over the title deeds as part of their new Enhanced Extended Discount Benefit Scheme, which aims to hand over deeds to owners of subsidised houses over the next five years.

Copesville couple Darwood and Sayeda said they were one of the first couples to move into the government housing and had been waiting for their title deeds for over 25 years.

“We were told last Friday that we would be handed our title deeds. We were excited. At this age, we feel we deserve it,” said Dawood.

“We raised our children in that house and have so many beautiful memories there but we never knew where we stood. Now we do,” said Sayeda.

A couple who have been married for 32 years, Reena and Bharath Manoor, said when they first heard they would receive the title deeds to their house of 25 years they hugged each other. “We moved into our home in 1992, and knew it was our forever home,” said Reena Manoor.

“We wanted it to be our home but we were always unsure what the future would hold. When we heard that we would be getting our title deeds, we were so happy. We gave each other a big hug,” she said.

Neighbours and good friends Shanitha Reddy and Kogie Govender said when they received their letters on Friday stating that their title deeds to their homes would be handed to them on Tuesday, they thought it was a scam.

“We thought the whole thing was a scam. We only realised it wasn’t a scam when we arrived at Truro Hall and saw all these people,” said Reddy.

Shivakami Manikam, who learnt on her 87th birthday last week that she would be receiving the title deeds to her home after 20 years, was also presented with a birthday cake by Human Settlements MEC Ravigasen Pillay.

Manikam said she was overwhelmed and overjoyed to have been presented with both her title deeds and a birthday cake.

Pillay said at the ceremony that the subsidised homes remained a social asset that parents were able to leave as inheritance to their children.

“A title deed might look like just a piece of paper but its significance surpasses various generations in a household.

“I stand to be corrected but I dare to say that it is a life-long wish of any person to have his or her own place which he or she can proudly call his or her home.”

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