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The Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlements has handed over about 300 title deeds to home owners at Addo in the Sundays River Valley Municipality.
The MEC for Human Settlements in the province Mr Babalo Madikizela and his delegation which included the Mayor of Sundays River Valley Municipality Councillor Nombulelo Bixa Kick-started their day by visiting the elderly at Addo giving them their title deeds before proceeding to the main event which was held at Masizakhe Community Hall at Addo
Mr Sithembiso Peter and his wife Notizana Peter were among the elderly who received their tittle deeds.
This couple has waited years to get their title deed which they described as inheritance for their children.
“I am so grateful that I have finally received my title deed before I died, my husband and I are excited, this is for my children now,” said Notizana Peter.
MEC Madikizela said this is one of government’s efforts to bring back people’s dignity. He said they will be visiting all the municipalities in the province giving out title deeds.
“In the next four to five months we will be visit various municipalities across the province ensuring that the right people are occupying the right houses,” he said.
“As the government we are doing our best to assist our disadvantaged citizens by ensuring that they have ownership of the property that they are occupying. Over the years we have handed out thousands of title deeds and we are going to continue until all the deserving beneficiaries have their title deeds,” he added.
The Mayor of Sundays River Valley Municipality Cllr Nombulelo Bixa, said she is relieved that the department has intervened and hopes that issues of housing backlogs and title deeds will be alleviated.
“We have been experiencing these problems for a while now but since the intervention of the Department of Human Settlements we are hoping that the department's intervention will make a difference,” she said.

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