Moved families receive title deeds

By Luzamo Sandlana

There was an air of jubilation in the KwaZulu-Natal community of Bruntville when TCTA handed over title deeds of new houses to 38 families. These had to be moved to make way for the Mooi-Mgeni Transfer Scheme Phase 2 (MMTS-2) construction.

A team comprising Mpofana Local Municipality Mayor Xolani Duma, and MMTS-2 James Nyakale and other TCTA officials went door to door delivering title deeds. Bruntville falls under the Mpofana municipal area.
Mr Duma thanked the Authority for ensuring that the beneficiaries received their title deeds. He commended the professionalism of the team.

“It gives me great pleasure to have worked with TCTA on this project,” Mr Duma said. “The speediness demonstrated by TCTA on delivering these title deeds is very impressive.

“Because of several challenges, it takes government much longer to issue title deeds. We still have families in this region that have been occupying houses for a countless number of years, and we are still getting title deeds for those families.”

Mr Duma emphasised the potential of having a title deed in changing the lives of people for the better. Over and above the dignity that comes with owning a home, registered titles secure tenure, avert disputes over land ownership and ease trade in property. However, even more valuable, a registered title can be a form of security to raise loan finance from banks and other institutions.

One beneficiary, Sindisiwe Ngubane, could not contain her excitement. “I never thought I could one day own a home,” she said. “Receiving this title deed makes me so proud because now I am confident that this land is mine, and no one can take it away from me.

This is where I will spend the rest of my life, thanks to TCTA.”Another beneficiary, Senzo Khumalo, expressed gratitude for the title deed but added that the relocation had been a boon for the affected families. “Compared to my previous house, this new abode is much better, and I’m also thankful that I now have access to running water and electricity,” he said.

Mr Khumalo added that the area in which the Authority built new houses was much safer compared to where it moved the families. The relocation process started in August 2012 after TCTA bought land on which to build houses for the affected families. The Authority secured six properties in Mooi River, which is 20km from the project area, merged, rezoned and subdivided them to build a fully serviced township.

Former Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane handed over the houses to the families in 2015, but the title deeds had been outstanding. The relocated families received the title deeds on 16 March 2019.