On Wednesday 2 February 2022, ten first-time homeowners from Atlantis were empowered with title deeds to their properties. After waiting so many years for the title deeds, it was a very proud day for them, which led to tears of joy. The event took place at the SherwoodPark community hall. CouncillorMalusi Booi, the Mayoral committee member for Human Settlements, encouraged the homeowners not to sell their houses and obtain a legal will to secure the future of their beneficiaries. Ward 32 CouncillorMoosa Raise, who assisted with the handover of the title deeds, said it was a day that would be remembered by the recipients for the rest of their lives. “These recipients have been waiting for years and years to receive their title deeds. The delay in getting to today, where we can eventually get the title deed was quite a process. I am really thankful for all the recipients here today who received their title deeds but more so to the meaning that the title deed has in the lives. It will change their lives around. It will give them entry into the financial industry. It will give them entry into bargaining with banks. It will give them a tool to make their lives much better,” he said. More homeowners will be getting their title deeds in due course. Booi remarked that the City will continue to prioritize historic property transfers. “The financial boost from the WesternCape Government will help us finalise many historic title deeds. We encourage residents of old housing projects who have not received their title deeds to approach us so that we can assist them.”Lucina and Vernon Williams were one of the couples who received theirs.“We want to say thank you to theLord and all the honour goes to Him. After about 22 years the wait was long and we had many challenges, like living with a lot of people. I will cherish this forever and we will make it a family home. They agreed it is a dream that came true.
“Any person that is a home-owner wants the title deed of their house. It always grieved when the letters came that it said under the custody of others and we are only the caretakers even though we are living there more than 20years. However, today, I know that when that council letter comes Know it will say that we are the home-owners,” they said. Another married couple, Shireen and IsakPietersen, thanked everyone who was involved with the investigations and handovers. Shireen said: “I would especially like to thank the City for making it possible for us to stand in the capacity of homeowners. My tears want to start running because it has been very long. There were many court cases and people stole money that was meant for our people in Atlantis. This is a beautiful thing that is happening today for the people of extension 12. I would like to tell the people who are waiting for their title deeds that doors will be opened, we must all just hold onto and have faith in God. We must not sell our house or give it to other people that want to use our houses for the wrong things, because these houses should belong to our children and grandchildren who are left behind one day.”