18 Khayelitsha residents received title deeds
Today, Western Cape Minister of Human Settlements, Tertuis Simmers handed over 18 title deeds to deserving recipients in Khayelitsha.
The title deed handover has been made possible through our Title Deed Restoration Grant (TDRG) and forms part of the Department’s strategic goal to prioritise the elderly for security of tenure in the Western Cape.
Minister Simmers said: “Today’s handover ensured that 18 elderly residents could for this first time in their lives, call themselves fully-fledged, legal homeowners. It was a privilege to share this occasion with our beneficiaries. Knowing they have full ownership of their homes, gives our people a sense of security and pride. It was particularly pleasing to visit and handover 73-year old Mr Jacob Thomas Title Deed at his residence.
This once again demonstrates how caring the Western Cape Government is and its continued commitment to restoring our people’s dignity.”
Mr Jacob Thomas (73), who was one of the beneficiaries today said: “This has been a long time coming and even though I’m not a man of many words, I would like to say thank you to all who made this moment possible. This is solving many problems and I’m now able to live my life and address various things.”
“Since the beginning of 2020 we’ve handed over close to 250 Title Deeds and had it not been for the interruption of the covid pandemic, this number would be higher. I’ve given my officials the instruction to ensure that more Title Deed handovers occur, as it is critical that we continue assisting more residents become full and legal homeowners, particularly since this is the final year where the TDRG is guaranteed.
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 and make more residents legal homeowners by handing over these title deeds” added Simmers.