Tue. Nov 19th, 2019

Minister Simmers hands over 100 title deeds to Grabouw residents

Residents who received title deeds had been living in the homes since before 1994.

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Western Cape Human Settlements Minister, Tertuis Simmers, handed over 100 title deeds to residents of Grabouw. The handover was done on Tuesday, 22 October 2019.

The residents were broken down to 21 from Villersdorp and 79
from Pineview in Grabouw. The people who received the title deeds had been
living in their homes since pre-1994.

Simmers celebrates the title deed handover

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Grabouw and Villiersdorp Title Deed Recipients. Photo: Supplied

The residents had never received full ownership of their
homes before today. Simmers celebrated the milestone saying:

“Today is a joyous occasion for these 100 residents, as they finally have full ownership of their homes. It was particularly pleasing to hand over title deeds to 76 year old Mary Damons and Isak (79) – and Aletta Hendrikcs’ (74) at their homes.”

Tertuis Simmers, Western Cape Human Settlements Minister

The minister added:

“Seeing their gratitude and emotions, once again reminded me why we must accelerate the handover of title deeds to our residents.”

Tertuis Simmers, Western Cape Human Settlements Minister

Minister commends the Theewaterskloof Municipality

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Grabouw title deed handover – Hendricks Couple and Minister Simmers. Photo: Supplied

Simmers went on to commend the good work done by the Theewaterskloof Municipality. The minister revealed how the municipality had made sure that almost 200 people could receive title deeds.

The municipality pulled off this achievement in the last two
months of the year. Last month, 120 residents in Caledon and 77 from
Tesselaarsdal also became home owners, according to the minister.

Simmers added:

“Today’s handover was made possible through their partnership with the Ipic Group and this shows what can be achieved through public-private partnerships.”

Tertuis Simmers, Western Cape Human Settlements Minister

The Western Cape government promised to allow more residents
to become homeowners. They stated:

“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, thus making more residents, legal homeowners by handing over these title deeds.”

Tertuis Simmers, Western Cape Human Settlements Minister

The Velddrif protests over title deeds

The handover came at a time just after protestors from Noordhoek, Velddrif, in the Bergrivier Municipal area, destroyed 53 newly built houses on 14 October 2019. The homes were part of the area’s Integrated Residential Development Programme (IRDP).

Altogether, the programme was supposed
to build 107 houses. Protesters destroyed the homes because they were upset about
the title deeds of several people being withdrawn at the last minute.

The withdrawal came after it was discovered that the people didn’t qualify for the Velddrif housing project. Last week, Simmers met with the community to discuss a way forward.

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