‘Happy our house now be­longs to us’

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as part of the depart­ment’s ex­tended dis­count ben­e­fit scheme, a sub­sidy pro­gramme aimed at as­sist­ing ten­ants to buy their rental units and see debtors set­tle the amount owing on their prop­er­ties ac­quired be­fore 1994.

Pen­sion­ers ac­counted for 15 of the peo­ple who re­ceived the ti­tle deeds.

Madik­izela said the sub­sidy en­sured debtors be­came own­ers by pay­ing off their out­stand­ing debt. “This is one of the sub­sidy pro­grammes of the depart­ment aimed at de­liv­er­ing hous­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to the peo­ple of the Western Cape.”

Ac­cord­ing to the depart­ment, R1.5 mil­lion was spent on the pro­gramme in Bel­har alone.

To qual­ify as ben­e­fi­cia­ries, res­i­dents had to have a di­rect hous­ing ar­range­ment with the provin­cial depart­ment or mu­nic­i­pal­ity, should not have ben­e­fited from any other hous­ing sub­sidy or pro­gramme and should have had an out­stand­ing debt with the mu­nic­i­pal­ity or provin­cial depart­ment.

“The hand­ing over of ti­tle deeds also gives peo­ple a sense of pride and joy that they are own­ers of the prop­erty they live in. The depart­ment en­cour­ages main­te­nance and re­spon­si­bil­ity for those houses when hand­ing over the ti­tle deeds,” Madik­izela said.

noloyiso.mtembu@inl.co.za

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