Ten-year wait for title deeds finally over for Sea Vista residents

The mood was festive in Sea Vista on Tuesday when 90 residents received the title deeds to their houses.

Sea Vista residents wait in anticipation to receive the title deeds to their homes.

“This is a huge day for me,” said an elated Audrey George. “I now have a title deed, with my name on it, that proves my house belongs to me.”

Eva Visagie (second right) and her grandson, Chadley Visagie (left) thank Mayoral Committee members Brenton Williams and Frances Baxter for delivering her title deed to her.

The programme was led by Mayoral Committee members Brenton Williams and Frances Baxter, who first visited three of the eldest beneficiaries at their homes to hand-deliver their title deeds before moving to the Sea Vista Community Hall to distribute the remainder.

“All these beneficiaries received their houses more than 10 years ago, in 2007, but the previous regime withheld their title deeds. We are here to set that right,” said Williams.

He said the Sea Vista title deeds were among the almost 2000 title deeds that the former Council had failed to hand over to housing beneficiaries. As a DA-led municipality, we believe that by giving people their title deeds, you give them rightful ownership and a means of becoming actively involved in the economy.”

“Late Mayor Elza van Lingen started this process in Thornhill on Human Rights Day when she handed over 257 title deeds. Mayor Horatio Hendricks then took it further on Nelson Mandela Day when he handed over 631 title deeds in Kruisfontein. Today we are in Sea Vista doing the same and at the end of the month we will be in KwaNomzamo to hand over more title deeds.”

The beneficiaries were further encouraged to ensure that they have a will that specifies who should inherit the house in the event of their passing.

“Many residents asked for help in this regard. Our officials will, therefore, be returning to Sea Vista this week to help those who requested assistance,” Williams said.

Thandeka Nieveldt (seated) and her grandchildren, Tammy Nieveldt (3) and Joslyn Majola (9), celebrate her receiving her title deed. It was hand-delivered to her home by (from left) Mayoral Committee Members Brenton Williams and Frances Baxter, supported by municipal officials Noel Kurat, Ashley Williams and Nico Prinsloo.