Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Management, Alderman Grant Twigg, visited three elderly residents who were among 4 611 beneficiaries who received their title deeds during the 2019/2020 Financial Year.

Alderman Grant Twigg and Mr Paul Oostenhuizen. Image credit: City of Cape Town

Alderman Grant Twigg and Mr Paul Oostenhuizen. Image credit: City of Cape Town

One of the City’s key priority areas to bring about redress is to empower residents who were previously denied access to property ownership.

The oldest recipient, 94-year-old Dorothea Groenewald from Scottsdene in Kraaifontein, exuded happiness to receive the title deed to her property.

“I am very happy to have received my title deed.  People can’t believe my age today because I’m happy,” said Ms Jacobs.

“Owning your own home provides more stability and control over one’s living environment and is a good financial investment. We have found that there is a positive relationship between homeownership and residential satisfaction and owning your own home also contributes positively towards psychological and physical health,” said Alderman Twigg.

Homeowner, 80-year-old Paul Oostenhuizen, from Rocklands in Mitchells Plain, said that he had been living in his home for 20 years before receiving the title deed to his property.

“I feel blessed and I thank God for the opportunity to own my home,” said Mr Oostenhuizen.

As a councillor, I will continue to lobby for the most vulnerable communities and handing over title deeds is a way in which the City is able to rectify the injustices of the past.  The City’s Urban Management Department is working with communities to make Progress Possible Together,’ said Alderman Twigg.