Tshwane metro hands over more than 3 000 title deeds

More than 3 000 beneficiaries received title deeds to their state-subsidised houses during a series of handover ceremonies led by Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga and human settlements MMC Mandla Nkomo.

“We are pleased that we have reached the halfway mark for the 6 000 title deeds we vowed to hand over for this financial year (2017/18),” said Nkomo.

So far, 3 078 title deeds have been handed out.

At the weekend, Nkomo handed over 274 title deeds to beneficiaries who have been allocated low-cost houses in Olievenhoutbosch.

“The Msimanga administration is speeding up the delivery of title deeds to state-subsidised houses so that recipients have legal ownership of the property where they reside or operate businesses from. This provides homeowners with an important economic asset to leverage or their liberation from poverty,” he said.

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“You are obliged to pay the municipality for basic services like water and electricity and other services and facilities provided in your area. The continued supply of these services requires regular payment. Although the municipality provides you with a certain amount of free basic water and electricity, the amount you pay for will vary according to your usage,” said Nkomo.

“As per our electoral promise, the DA-led administration is also providing serviced stands in communities with significant housing backlogs. Beneficiaries of serviced stands are also receiving title deeds and rudimentary services,” he said.

Msimanga congratulated the new homeowners and urged them to take care of their properties.

“You are now the sole and legal owner of the house being allocated and registered in your name. Home ownership is an exciting experience, as it restores pride, dignity and respect. The title deeds handed to you carry certain responsibilities and rights, obligations and duties that you must always meet and fulfil.”

A woman receives her title deed.

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