During a special ceremony held in Gansbaai’s Council Chambers on Friday 31 August 2018, Executive Mayor Dudley Coetzee presented 46 beneficiaries with the title deeds to their homes.
Given the recent administrative challenges experienced elsewhere in the municipal area with regards to registering new homes in the name of their rightful owners, the Mayor used this opportunity to enlighten beneficiaries as to why it is important to draw up a will and to ensure that irreplaceable documents such as title deeds are kept in a safe place.
“Now that a home has been registered in your name,” he urged, “if you do not yet have a will, I suggest you visit a bank or an attorney of your choice without delay to ensure that the necessary documentation is drawn up so that this valuable asset will remain in your family’s possession for generations to come.
Also keep in mind that unlike your ID or bank card, lost title deeds can’t simply be replaced with a new one. This is a very important piece of paper that can be used as a form of security against which you can apply for a loan to renovate your home or to finance a car, for instance. For that reason, make sure that you keep it safe.”
Following on the hand-over event, a delighted Councillor Riana de Coning said that she thoroughly enjoyed being part of such a momentous day where residents of Ward 1 and 2 (Gansbaai, De Kelders, Kleinbaai, Masakhane and Blompark) finally became proud owners of their own houses.
Chairperson of Overstrand’s Community Services Portfolio Cllr Arnie Africa echoed De Coning’s sentiments: “It is heart warming to see especially old people who have been waiting for years filled with absolute joy on receiving their title deeds,” he said, adding that he found the ability of local and provincial government to work together for the good of the community so that beneficiaries can prosper especially heartening.
He also thanked the Housing Department for their role in the administrative process, ensuring that tittle deeds are correctly transferred by the Deeds Office and also for logistical arrangements during handovers.
Among the beneficiaries who received their title deeds from the Mayor was Maria Rooi, a 64-year old widow. She has been waiting for a house for almost 25 years. “This is such a special day for me. I have always trusted in God to look after us, and today is an answer to my prayers,” she said.
The Mayor, Cllr Riana de Coning and housing officer Aron Gcotyelwa visited indisposed aunty Sanna Fick (66) at her house in Blompark to hand-deliver her document, sparing her the trouble.
For the 58-year old Colman Khumbulani and wife Notembalethu Swettness Mazongolo the day was a dream come true. “I’m so very happy,” said the emotional couple.