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400 Blue Crane Route Municipality residents receive title deeds

Sep 7, 2017
400 Blue Crane Route Municipality residents receive title deeds

More than 400 beneficiaries received proof of home ownership at an official Title Deeds Handover event that took place in Somerset East, in the Blue Crane Route Local Municipality, on Wednesday.

The title deeds were issued to beneficiaries of Pearston and Somerset East, who were also encouraged to preserve their homes and prevent the illegal sale of houses.

Addressing the crowded Somerset East Youth Centre, Eastern Cape MEC for Human Settlements, Helen Sauls-August, described the hand over as significant, appropriately falling at the beginning of September when the country celebrates its rich heritage.

"Today signifies restoration of dignity that was taken away," Sauls-August said adding that the handing over of the title deeds, in the background of Public Service month, showed the importance of public service in providing efficient services that citizens expect to receive.

“This paper you received today, keep it and guard it."

Together with assuring the beneficiary of home ownership, Sauls-August said that a title deed must prevent the illegal sales of government subsidy houses.

"You were given this title deed not to sell your house, but a right to the land you were originally dispossessed of,” she described.

"You must come forward when you see your neighbour using their house as a tavern."

She added that residents ought to keep away from turning local communities into war zones, and jeopardising the freedom and radical transformation fought for and gained.

"We must be vigilant in uprooting corruption. It starts with us," the MEC added.

"On behalf of the Department of Human Settlements, we reiterate in this month of Public Service....we belong, take care and serve the people of this beautiful Province."

Sails-August said that over 35 000 title deeds have been handed over between 2011 and 2016.

Ahead of the title deeds handover event, Sauls-August visited local resident, Nompumelelo Tshotyana, at her home in Chris Hani location.

Feeling honoured about the visit and surprised to receive her title deed from the MEC, Tshotyana was emotional.

"I may be uneducated, but I know this is not a mere piece of paper. It tells me that nobody can take this house away from me, it's my home,” she said.

Another beneficiary, 85-year-old, Frans Jack, who is partially-blind, was too over joyed. 

“I feel so happy. I have been waiting for this day for a long time. The apartheid Government did not give us this opportunity before, to have a claim over a house and the land underneath it. So I am very grateful. My children will be happy too, this has secured their future," he said.

Image: JOY AT LAST…Nompumelelo Tshotyana along with Blue Crane Route Local Municipality Ward 3 Councillor, Thobile Xhakaxha, and Eastern Cape MEC for Human Settlements, Helen Sauls-August, after receiving her title deed to her house.