The City of Cape Town has handed over the title deeds to the beneficiaries of 70 homes in Temperance Town in Gordon's Bay.
These fully-subsidised homes were primarily built as part of a community-driven project, and the new owners now not only have a secure home to call their own, but are also lucky to be able to enjoy spectacular sea and mountain views.
The City's Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Ernest Sonnenberg, handed over the title deeds at the Lion's Club Hall in Gordon's Bay on Wednesday, 28 November 2012.
Sonnenberg said the City is committed to establishing integrated developments throughout the metro, varying from mixed housing developments such as Pelican Park, yielding over 2 000 houses; to rental units in existing areas such as Hangberg; and fully subsidised housing projects, such as in Temperance Town.
He added that providing title deeds to housing beneficiaries gives them a sense of ownership and is the most significant economic opportunity that a person can have, as it allows them to use the house as an asset when seeking loans, which they may use to extend their homes or open a small business.
Housing Consumer Education workshops have been held to advise community members on budgeting, taking out insurance, drafting a will, and how to make the most of their asset.
"Today’s formal hand-over of title is a testament to the great things that can be accomplished when we work together. It is also an acknowledgement of how the facilitation of title deeds leads to a community’s brighter future," Sonnenberg said.
"What makes this day even more special and unique is that it was you, the community, who drove this project. I would like to thank all beneficiaries for the care you yourselves have taken over your own future. As government, we cannot do it on our own. Partnerships with communities are key to any success we have."
Sonnenberg also thanked the various officials involved in the project, including Executive Director for Human Settlements, Seth Maqetuka, and Ward Councillor Johan Middleton, who were also present.
"Whilst many of our projects have something unique to offer, not many are in such a beautiful location. It is, as I am sure you – the beneficiaries – know, a privilege to have a house with such spectacular views of the mountain and the sea."