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Delight as Shallcross residents become rightful homeowners
​Pictured are 10 beneficiaries, who are part of 250 Shallcross
residents, who became the rightful owners of their houses
when the Department of Human Settlements and eThekwini
Municipality officially handed over title deeds.

Picture: NONHLANHLA MKHABELA
TWO hundred and fifty residents of Shallcross had never legally owned a property in their lives. But that changed on 28 November when the provincial Department of Human Settlements and eThekwini Municipality handed over title deeds at a joyous event at the Shallcross Sportsfield.

The residents were accorded rightful ownership of their houses, in line with the department’s Enhanced Extended Discount Benefit Scheme which caters for pre-1994 government housing stock.

The scheme promotes home ownership among tenants of state-financed rental stock, including formal housing and serviced sites in an effort to speed up the opening of the formal property market in areas such as Shallcross and other townships in eThekwini Municipality. 

Officiating the handover, eThekwini Speaker Councillor Weziwe Thusi said home ownership brings renewed hope to the millions who were previously dispossessed. She emphasised that provision of adequate human settlements is an integral part of achieving the country’s strategic developmental goals. “We are proud that in the past 12 months, the City has been able to provide security of tenure to people, with over 2000 tittle deeds being issued to beneficiaries during the 2019/20 financial year,” she said.

Deputy City Manager for Human Settlements and Engineering Infrastructure Beryl Khanyile was pleased to see a fair representation of women on the list of beneficiaries. Dasrath Lilawathy, a
69-year-old pensioner who has been residing in her flat for more than 40 years, said: “Owning my home is a great feeling. I would like to say thank you to all those who have worked tirelessly to ensure that I see this moment in my lifetime.”

nonhlanhla.mkhabela@durban.gov.za
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