Government’s continued commitment to restore the dignity of previously disadvantage people by providing decent housing was again reaffirmed on 5 July when about 450 Cornubia residents officially became homeowners.
This was after Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, joined by KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala, eThekwini Acting Mayor Fawzia Pee and local councillors handed over title deeds to these beneficiaries, which included senior residents and military veterans.
Ululation, songs and dance was the order of the day as the beneficiaries received their title deeds. Addressing the new homeowners, Minister Sisulu urged them not to sell their houses. She said: “This is a lifetime gift. Resist all the temptations of selling your house because you can use the very same title deed as a ladder to better your life and that of your children.” Instead of seeking financial assistance from unauthorised loan sharks that charge high-interest rates, Minister Sisulu said title deeds can be utilised as assets assurance for bank loans or university study fees.
According to the new amendments on the Title Deeds Policy, Minister Sisulu said government now registers a wife as the first title deed holder while the husband is registered as the second. This is in respect of married couples. “This is part of women empowerment because it is very rare that women abandon their children whereas men relocate in far place to work. This new law will protect the women so that the men do not come back to kick the wife and children out of the house,” she said.
This announcement was welcomed with huge applause from women. Premier Zikalala said Cornubia is a national programme aimed at building integrated housing. He said as a province, they are committed to continue building more houses. Delivering the 2019 State of the Province Address, Premier Zikalala said in collaborating with eThekwini Municipality, 25 000 houses are expected to be constructed in Cornubia within the next five years. Councillor Peer said the first portion of houses to be built in Cornubia phase 2 A will start before the end of the year. “The contractor has been appointed and our Supply Chain Management is finalising some processes,” she said.