Title deeds bring joy and relief to Patensie residents

Mieta Cornelius (second right) thanks Mayor Horatio Hendricks (right) for delivering her title deed. Celebrating the big day with them are Portfolio Councillor Frances Baxter, Ward Councillor Amos Mabukane and Speaker Hattingh Bornman.

“My heart is so full of joy, it feels as if it could burst.”

That was the sentiment of 77-year-old Mieta Cornelius from Ramaphosa Village at Patensie when Kouga Mayor Horatio Hendricks went to deliver her title deed to her at her home on Tuesday (4 September).

The septuagenarian was one of 196 residents from Patensie who received the title deeds to their houses this week.

Sixty-eight-year-old Dinah van Rooyen was equally elated when the Mayor and his team knocked on her door to give her the document that confirms her ownership of the property.

“It feels as if I’m dreaming. The timing could not be better. Just recently, when my grandson turned 11, I promised him that this house would be his one day when I am no longer here.

“Now that I have the title deed to prove that I own the house, I can make sure that happens,” she said.

The hand-over at Patensie brings the number of title deeds that have been issued to their rightful owners this year by Mayor Hendricks and his predecessor, the late Elza van Lingen, to almost 1 300.

“Giving people ownership of their properties is an effective means of empowering them and allowing them access to the economy,” said Hendricks.

While the Mayor explained to the beneficiaries that they could now use their title deeds to obtain a loan to start a small business or to study, he also cautioned them to be careful when going that route.

“You will have to pay back the loan, usually in monthly instalments. If you fail to do so, you could lose your house. We do not want this to happening to any of you, especially as you have had to wait so long for your title deeds.”

He said that the title deed programme would now move to Hankey and Jeffreys Bay.

Press Release Kouga Municipality Media Liaison 

Water restrictions remain in place

Don’t stop your water saving efforts just yet!

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In spite of the wonderful rains that we enjoyed this past weekend and that the levels of Kouga’s supply dams have increased dramatically, it is unlikely that water restrictions will be lifted in the near future.

“Early indications are that the Department of Water and Sanitation does not yet want to relax the restrictions that they have placed on extraction from the dams,” Kouga Mayor Horatio Hendricks said. “This means that water restrictions, as well as the rationing at Hankey and Patensie will have to remain in place for now.”

Kouga makes use of the Algoa system of supply dams. Nelson Mandela Bay also draws water from the same dams. The dams are all owned by the Department of Water and Sanitation, whose mandate it is to ensure water security for all South Africans.

“The combined levels of the Algoa system was still less than 40% on Tuesday. This means we are not out of the danger zone yet,” the Mayor said. “We would, however, like to see the water rationing lifted in the Gamtoos Valley towns of Hankey and Patensie, as the Kouga Dam’s level jumped from just 7% on Friday morning to 39% on Wednesday morning. We will be engaging with the relevant roleplayers in this regard.”

Press Release – Kouga Municipality Media Liaison