‘Happy our house now belongs to us’
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.