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Joy as Parkgate families receive title deeds
​Gertrude Nzimande was happy to receive her home
ownership documents from eThekwini Chairperson
of the Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee
Councillor Thanduxolo Sabelo and Municipal officials.
“I HAVE never been so at ease and happy. The burden weighing heavy on my shoulders has been removed.” This was the sentiment shared by Gertrude Nzimande, 74, from Parkgate after receiving her long-awaited title deed from the Chairperson of the City’s Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee Councillor Thanduxolo Sabelo on 8 November.

The grandmother, who lives with her unemployed daughter and three grandchildren, said she is very relieved and will now sleep peacefully at night knowing that her family will not be homeless should she die. Nzimande was among 60 families who became rightful homeowners during a title deeds handover at Parkgate Primary School. Handing over the title deeds, Councillor Sabelo congratulated the property owners and apologised for the delay as some have waited for their title deeds since 2004. “The Municipality has allocated a budget to fast-track the verification and distribution of the
title deeds programme as this is an integral part of service delivery.

Giving people ownership of their properties is an effective means of empowering them and allowing them to have access to the economy using their properties as collateral.” Supporting Councillor Sabelo’s statement of accelerating the home ownership programme, Head of the Municipality’s Human Settlements Unit Lawrence Pato said 400 Parkgate title deeds have been verified and are ready to be handed over. “We are working around the clock, not only in Parkgate, but in all areas as we have people working on the ground conducting the necessary verifications.” Councillor Sabelo advised residents not to sell their properties now that they have received the deeds. “Property is wealth, therefore rather rent it out which is a lifetime income which could even assist you in building more cottages to earn money.”

Mandla Ntshangase, 72, said he is grateful to the Municipality for the official transfer of the deeds. “I will now be able to extend the house without reluctance knowing that the property is legally mine.”
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