Site B’s Ward 89 residents were ecstatic after they were handed their title deeds by the City of Cape Town last Friday.
Ward Councillor Monde Nqulwana witnessed the historic event, with Sub-Council 24 Manager, Lulamile Rorwana in presence.
About nine beneficiaries received the deeds that day at the Khayelitsha Community Hall.
Nqulwana explained the significance of having title as a proof of ownership and restoration of the dignity of the people.
He said the City handed him a list of 30 homeowners, but during verification, found out that about 21 households were no longer occupied by the original owners, most of whom had sold to the present occupiers.
Nqulwana encouraged people to look after their title deeds and described them as a proof of ownership.
“To transfer a house to another person through lawyers costs between R7000.00 and R8000.00.
There are people who have been occupying houses for a long time without it(title deed). And this is their opportunity to get their title deeds so that they can be proud of their houses,” said Nqulwana.
Rorwana requested those who don’t have all the required documents to find and bring them forward.
“If the registered owner of the house has died, the current owner must bring the death certificate, identity document and proof of address, because we want to verify if a person resides in the same address,” said Rorwana.
Nolwazi Mnqanqeni,64, one of the beneficiaries, has been without one for over a decade.
She stays in R-Section. She spoke of her relief at acquiring the title deed.
“I am so relieved now... Now I can proudly say that this is my house.”