South Africa : Atamelang community benefits from Housing Scheme

By Kagiso Metswamere

Atamelang - Over 200 families in Atamelang near Delarayville have received housing title deeds, thanks to government's housing discount benefit scheme.

The North West Housing Cooperation (NWHC) on Monday awarded 251 housing title deeds worth R190 million to residents who have been living in these houses.

Speaking during the handing over ceremony, Chief Executive Officer of the NWHC, Tshepiso Letselela said the title deeds were handed over to residents who have been denied the opportunity to own the houses previously.

"We are giving these houses to families who have been living in these houses which belong to the cooperation but inherited from the previous government.

"These people have tried to apply for the title deeds to own these houses but their efforts were unsuccessful because previously disadvantaged people were denied the opportunity to own houses," he said.

He further indicated that title deeds will also be given to the families who are unable to pay their debts because they are unemployed.

Mr Letselela further added: "We have been dealing with a full process of giving back to the community what belongs to them, it was a complex situation but finally we have managed to deal with it."

One of the beneficiaries of the houses, is Jaremia Masetloa, 61, who has been living in the four roomed house for the past 20 years.

"I have been living in this house for a long time and I have tried to apply for ownership but my efforts failed. My concern was that anybody could come and claim this house since I have no title deed," he told BuaNews.

A further 189 title deeds are to be handed over to beneficiaries in Atamelang in the next two weeks. - BuaNews