Govt issues 7 000 title deeds

The provincial government has issued 7 000 title deeds to deserving beneficiaries three years ago and has vowed to keep empowering others

The department of human settlements will issue 7 500 title deeds to owners of government subsidised houses throughout the province during October.

Already 40 of the 213 titles earmarked for Dealesville were issued during the recent Operation Hlasela campaign in Tshwaraganang Township.

The department started this process of issuing title deeds in Ventersdorp, Viljoenskroon, Hoopstad, Vredeford and Dealsville at the beginning of the 2013/2014 financial year. This programme will continue until all government sudsidised house owners have received title deeds. However, the department has handed this responsibility to municipal speakers to conclude this process.

The housing department is responsible for providing shelter through human settlement development to families who would have otherwise not been able to afford homes for themselves. The issuing of the title deeds is intended also to mark 100 years of getting rid of the Native Land Act of 1913.

The MEC for human settlements, Olly Mlamleli says people will obtain their deeds at municipality offices.

“The executive council has taken a decision that this responsibility must now be placed within the office of the speakers in the municipalities. People must wait for the announcements to be made in their wards, since my office will be working with the community development workers to get people’s details.

This is because other beneficiaries might have passed on and we need to be sure that we are giving a title deed to the right person,” said Mlamleli.

The department said in a statement that possession of title deeds mean the restoration of rights, dignity and self esteem of previously disadvantaged communities. This is also to affirm their ownership status of their homes or property.

Sara Modisakeng of Botshabelo is one of the beneficiaries of the RDP house and is eager to get her title deed. Modisakeng and her four children have lived in a shack for over 20 years and owning a house is a dream come true for the family.

“The day the government told me I was going to get an RDP house will always be a memorable one. I now live in a decent house with electricity, solar geyser, flushing toilet and bathroom. This is more than I had ever imagined my entire life. A house was enough as everything else would have to come later. I am so thankful for all this and now I feel proud as a parent,” Modisakeng told The Weekly.

This is not the first time that the Free State government issues title deeds to home owners in the province. More than 7 000 titled deeds were issued between December 2010 and January 2011.

These title deeds were given to child-headed families, disabled people and the elderly. The Free State provincial government is building 60 square meters house equipped with a ceiling, full electrical fittings, bath and small veranda.