Today, Western Cape Human Settlements Minister, Tertuis Simmers, handed over 100 title deeds to residents of Grabouw and Villiersdorp.
These residents, 21 from Villersdorp and 79 from Pineview in Grabouw, have been living in their homes since pre-1994 and had never received full ownership of their homes.
Minister Simmers said: “Today is a joyous occasion for these 100 residents, as they finally have full ownership of their homes. It was particularly pleasing to hand over title deeds to 76 year old Mary Damons and Isak (79) – and Aletta Hendrikcs’ (74) at their homes. Seeing their gratitude and emotions, once again reminded me why we must accelerate the handover of title deeds to our residents.
I’d like to commend the Theewaterskloof Municipality, as over the last two months they’ve ensured that just under 200 people in their municipal area could receive title deeds. In September, 120 residents in Caledon and 77 from Tesselaarsdal also became full owners. Today’s handover was made possible through their partnership with the Ipic Group and this shows what can be achieved through public-private partnerships.
As the Western Cape Government, we will continue striving towards establishing an enabling environment, so that we are better placed to grant beneficiaries security of tenure, thus making more residents, legal homeowners by handing over these title deeds.”