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Today the City of Cape Town handed over the first 170 title deeds to property owners of the Roosendal housing development in Delft. This development is home to 288 beneficiaries and is the first phase of the Delft Integrated Housing Project. Read more below:

Pensioner Bellina Madaza was among the first 170 property owners of the Roosendal housing development in Delft to receive their title deeds today.

‘I am very excited about receiving my title deed. I never thought that at my age, 74 years old, I would be a homeowner. It is nice having my own home,’ said Ms Madaza.

This housing development is the first phase of the Delft Integrated Housing Project. It consists of 288 Breaking New Ground houses, with two-bedroom, freestanding and semi-detached single and double-storey units.

The total construction cost for Roosendal housing development was R38,7 million.‘It is very rewarding when we are able to empower some of our most vulnerable residents, including our pensioners, as property owners through the handover of their houses and title deeds. Many of our beneficiaries, like Ms Madaza, have been waiting for years for a place to call their own. We are therefore pleased to be a part of providing our beneficiaries with the stepping stone, in writing, that they deserve,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.

During next week, the City will also be handing over title deeds to beneficiaries of housing projects in Kleinvlei and Heideveld.

The Roosendal housing development is in line with the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan, which was adopted by Council last year to improve how the administration works, with a focus on transit-oriented development. This housing development is situated along a public transport corridor, making the area accessible.

‘Title deed handovers are indicative of the City’s commitment to redressing the imbalances of the past, where people were denied ownership of property. For this reason, every title deed handed over is not just a piece of paper, but a symbol of victory over the Apartheid past and the evidence of owning a valuable asset. We look forward to handing over the balance of the title deeds when they are ready for distribution.

‘In the meantime, we wish our homeowners all the best and we encourage them to make responsible decisions regarding their homes,’ said Councillor Herron.

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