On 18 March, just before the Human Rights Day longweekend, Stellenbosch Municipality handed over another 48 title deeds to beneficiaries in Mooiwater, Franschhoek today. The Executive Mayor, Gesie van Deventer, was joined by members of the Mayoral Committee to hand over these title deeds.
Mayor van Deventer’s first visits were to the oldest beneficiaries in the project including Gert Hector (69), Christina Hendricks (68), Rachel Solomons (66) and Anna van Wyk (64). These title deeds form part of the Mooiwater Housing Project that was completed in 2010. A total of 231 houses were built and residents started moving in during April 2011.
Since taking office in 2016, Mayor van Deventer has made a concerted effort to speed up the process of transferring title deeds to the rightful beneficiaries. Since then, 1932 title deeds (including today’s 48) were handed over to the rightful beneficiaries. Of these title deeds, 65% were for newly built projects and 35% were for historical projects.
As part of her Human Rights Day message, Mayor van Deventer emphasised that the rights of ownership is accompanied by responsibilities and that all beneficiaries must take care of their properties.
Mayor van Deventer also said: “It is truly an honour for me to give these residents the gift of owning their home. Ownership of your house creates a peace of mind that no money can buy. As a municipality we will continue our efforts to clear the backlog of title deeds, particularly historical title deeds. It is an important step for us in addressing historical inequality and empowering our community.”
Text: Editorial Desk | Image: Supplied