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Over 160 Lady Frere homeowners to receive title deeds as part of R10 million programme

MARCH 23, 2017
Over 160 Lady Frere homeowners to receive title deeds as part of R10 million programme

The Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlements has allocated a budget of R10 million to register and transfer title deeds to correct homeowners in the new financial year.

"A total of ten thousand title deeds will be registered and transferred to correct beneficiaries," described Lwandile  Sicwetsha, Director: Corporate Communications at the Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlements. 

He said that, as part of this drive, on Friday morning the Eastern Cape MEC for Human Settlements, Helen Sauls-August, will handover 161 title deeds to correct home owners in Lady Frere as part of the national drive to issue out title deeds to home owners who received houses post 1994. 

"The Department during this financial year registered 8 249 title [deeds in the] BCM, NMBM, Emalahleni, Kouga, Senqu, Nkonkobe, Nxuba, Ndlambe, Great Kei, Inxuba Yethemba and Mnqanduli municipalities, which has reduced the backlog," said Sicwetsha.

"The Province has an estimated backlog of 70 000 title deeds to register and transfer. As part of this programme, extensive verification and confirmation of beneficiaries before the title deeds are issued is undertaken to make sure that title deeds are issued to the rightful homeowners.

"The department has appointed 26 conveyancers effective November 2016 to commence with the lodgment of transfers for the ultimate issuing of title deeds for post 1994. Each conveyancer is given a batch of 800 units to transfer.

"Besides these appointments, the Department has been working with municipalities to collect and record title deeds."

The handover of title deeds will be held at the Cacadu Town Hall in Lady Frere.