Mayor Horatio Hendricks handed out title deeds in Hankey yesterday with 100 year old Mr Thomas Bambani eventually receiving his title deed. The ANC who previously controlled the Kouga Municipality had a backlog of title deeds, stretching back over twenty years but since the DA took over the government of Kouga in August 2016 the municipality has now distributed 1688 title deeds.
Some KwaNomzamo residents have waited since 1996 and even an ANC Ward Councillor Velile Vumazonke waiting since 1998 before he recently received his title deed in Humansdorp. Another, former ANC Speaker of Council, Magdalene Dhlomo, also received her deed in Patensie.
Title deeds were handed out in the following areas:
Thornhill – 205
Kruisfontein, Humansdorp – 631
Sea Vista, St Francis Bay – 87
Patensie – 194
Pellsrus, Jeffreys Bay – 141
Hankey – 324
KwaNomzamo, Humansdorp – 106
“Mayor Hendricks said it best when he stated that giving people ownership of their properties is an effective means of empowering them and allowing them access to the economy,” said Andrew Whitfield, the chairperson of the DA in the Eastern Cape.
“The DA government in Kouga has brought the change that residents voted for in 2016.
This is the kind of change which the DA can bring to the whole of the Eastern Cape in 2019,” added Whitfield.