This is the mantra of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Human Settlements during the month of September as it embarks on an extensive title deed hand over campaign to assert security of tenure for many beneficiaries across the length and breadth of the Province. In South Africa, the ownership of property is an emotional issue. That is why it is important for Municipalities, in conjunction with the Department, to empower residents by giving them ownership of their homes.
Today the lives of 635 families in Wards 17 (Ambleton) and 18 (Edendale BB) changed forever when the Honourable, MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works, Ms Peggy Nkonyeni together with the Honourable Premier, Mr Sihle Zikalala ensured that they became home owners.
The 367 beneficiaries from Ambleton and 268 from Edendale BB were given rightful ownership of their houses in line with the Department’s Title Deeds Restoration Programme (TRP) which is currently being fist-tracked. The MEC was pleased to note that the TRP has allowed qualifying residents to benefit and will assist in addressing the backlog of title deeds.
The Premier reminded beneficiaries that they were now responsible for the care of their property and to ensure that it grows in value. He also warned beneficiaries not to sell their government houses before eight years and not to use their title deeds to secure loans from loan sharks. “When title deeds are handed over, it is done so to empower people and give them liquidity. There are processes in place to prevent corruption. When a beneficiary applies for a house or subsidy, he or she can do so once. And for those who try and abuse the system, there are penalties in place”, he cautioned.