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Elation at KwaNomzamo as 200 title deeds issued

30 August 2018
Caroline Gamede (second left) receives her title deed from Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks (second right). With them at the Methodist Church in KwaNomzamo are Ward 6 Councillor Velile Vumazonke and Portfolio Councillor Freddy Campher.

Caroline Gamede (second left) receives her title deed from Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks (second right). With them at the Methodist Church in KwaNomzamo are Ward 6 Councillor Velile Vumazonke and Portfolio Councillor Freddy Campher.

Esther Dinisile (centre) got a pleasant surprise visit from Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks (right) who hand-delivered her title deed at her house in KwaNomzamo. Municipal Human Settlements official Nico Prinsloo helped her sign for receiving the documents.

Esther Dinisile (centre) got a pleasant surprise visit from Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks (right) who hand-delivered her title deed at her house in KwaNomzamo. Municipal Human Settlements official Nico Prinsloo helped her sign for receiving the documents.

Kouga councillors, led by Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks (right), hand Miriam Majola her title deed at the Methodist Church in KwaNomzamo. In the picture are Portfolio Councillor Frances Baxter (left) and Ward 6 Councillor Velile Vumazonke.

Kouga councillors, led by Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks (right), hand Miriam Majola her title deed at the Methodist Church in KwaNomzamo. In the picture are Portfolio Councillor Frances Baxter (left) and Ward 6 Councillor Velile Vumazonke.

Sindiswa Matroos (second right) was one of the elderly residents who Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks (right) visited to deliver her title deed. With them are PR Councillor Timothy Jantjies and municipal Human Settlements official Nico Prinsloo.

Sindiswa Matroos (second right) was one of the elderly residents who Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks (right) visited to deliver her title deed. With them are PR Councillor Timothy Jantjies and municipal Human Settlements official Nico Prinsloo.

Elderly couple Thomas and Vina Bambani celebrated the receipt of their title deed from Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks (right) and Porfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu at their home in KwaNomzamo. Thomas is 100 and Vina 84 years old.

Elderly couple Thomas and Vina Bambani celebrated the receipt of their title deed from Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks (right) and Porfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu at their home in KwaNomzamo. Thomas is 100 and Vina 84 years old.

Zanyiwe Ngqukuva (second left) is handed her title deed by Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks (second right) at the Methodist in KwaNomzamo. With them are (from left) Ward 6 Councillor Velile Vumazonke and Planning, Development and Tourism Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu.

Zanyiwe Ngqukuva (second left) is handed her title deed by Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks (second right) at the Methodist in KwaNomzamo. With them are (from left) Ward 6 Councillor Velile Vumazonke and Planning, Development and Tourism Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu.

Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks (right) hands Zolile Squire (second right) his title deed at his house in KwaNomzamo. Celebrating the occasion with them are Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu and municipal Human Settlements official.

Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks (right) hands Zolile Squire (second right) his title deed at his house in KwaNomzamo. Celebrating the occasion with them are Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu and municipal Human Settlements official.

The Kouga Municipality has continued its community outreach programme of issuing title deeds to long-awaiting home-owners, with more than 200 of these handed out this week.

 

The latest hand-over took place in KwaNomzamo, where the Methodist Church was packed with community members coming to collect the document that proves ownership of the properties they’ve been staying on for years.

 

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the municipality would continue with the programme until all title deeds are with their rightful owners.

 

“It is heart-warming to see especially old people who have been waiting for years, filled with absolute joy in receiving their title deeds. It is during these occasions that we get to see what this means to the residents,” he said.

 

Hendricks said the deeds did not only bring a sense of ownership to the home-owners but also empowered them economically as they could use their properties as collateral when seeking development finance, although he encouraged people not to put themselves in situations where they could lose their properties.

 

“Many of these title deeds have been lying around in municipal offices for years, instead of being with the rightful owners of the properties, many of whom couldn’t even extend their houses as a result,” he said.

 

The Mayor and his team of councillors and officials also visited some of the elderly residents to hand-deliver their documentation, sparing them the trouble of braving the cold Tuesday weather.

 

Among these were 84-year-old Vina Bambani and her 100-year-old husband Thomas.

 

The couple could not hide their elation, with the centenarian saying he had been worried that he would leave this earth without having experienced legal ownership of a house.

 

“I can now rest knowing that I have a legacy that I will leave behind for my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren,” he said.