More than 1 000 households in Mpumalanga celebrated Christmas early when they received documents proving they own their RDP houses. Provincial Department of Human Settlements MEC Violet Siwela handed over the 1 200 title deeds to community members in four local municipalities including Msukaligwa, Emakhazeni, Emalahleni and Victor Khanye in Middelburg on Tuesday.

“Wow, wow, wow!!! Is this my home now? I am so happy that I can finally say I am a homeowner. Thank you MEC,” said Gogo Senda Masombuka-Ngutshane (89), who spoke in Afrikaans. Another home owner Gogo Maria Mokwena (72), who stays with her four children and four grandchildren, thanked MEC Siwela for bringing her family groceries.

“It seems like you have seen that we do not have food. Now it is better that the groceries will assist us this festive season. I am very grateful to also get this title deed. May God be with you for such a wonderful job that you are doing,” said Mokwena. Another homeowner, Collins Mashele (65), said owning a home was a clear sign that the apartheid regime is no more.

“Now I have a legal document proving I own my home. I was feeling sick but now I will feel better because I have my title deed. Today it is easy for me to believe that apartheid is no more. Having your own home says a lot,” said Mashele. MEC Violet Siwela said the department has delivered 8 500 title deeds since the beginning of the 2015/16 financial year.

“Such a delivery is in line with the principles of the Freedom Charter which committed that everyone has a right to housing, comfort and security. From today – that dream to the families we visited and some who will still benefit from government services will be fulfilled. “Correctly encapsulated in the Constitution, all people shall have the right to live where they choose and to live in decent houses, to bring up their families in comfort and security,” she said.

She added that title deed owners should also pay for services. “From the municipal perspective, property ownership compels the owners to pay municipal rates and services received, thereby contributing to its ongoing financial viability and economic sustainability,” Siwela said. –

SOURCE: AFRICAN EYE NEWS SERVICE

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