Martha Mbedzi (80) receives her title deed from MEC Jerry Ndou on Monday. Also in the photo is Musina Council Chief Whip, Cllr Fistos Mafela (left) Musina Acting Mayor, Cllr Glory Milanzi and Vhembe District Municipality Acting Mayor, Cllr Carol Phiri.

“With this title deed presented to me here today, I am very sure that this house belongs to me. I will keep it in safe place because it will serve as a reference document to anyone who disputes my ownership of this property.” These were the words of Martha Mbedzi (80) of Musina after she received her title deed from the MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (Coghsta), Mr Jerry Ndou.

Ndou was in Musina to handover title deeds to the local communities. A title deed is a legal document constituting evidence of a right to ownership of property. The MEC visited five elderly community members to hand deliver their title deeds before a formal handing over event that took place at the new Nancefield Community Hall.

Mbedzi’s sentiments were echoed by another senior citizen, Mutshekwa Ratshivhadelo (73) who was also on cloud nine after receiving her title deed. “As you can see that I’m old and cannot walk to the hall, I’m very happy that you decided to deliver my title deed here at home. I have been living in this house for years but I did not have anything binding that confirms that the property really belongs to me.  I am the happiest person on earth today because I have full proof that this is my property.”

A person living with disability, Mr Albert Netsianda is one of the community members who received his title deed during the formal event at the new Nancefield Community Hall. He said: “I have been waiting for this day for so many years and I am happy that it has finally arrived. This is not an ordinary piece of paper, it is a very important document that I will keep safely for the rest of my life. I thank our government for providing us with the title deeds because we are now rest assured that the properties belong to us.”

When handing over the title deeds, MEC Jerry Ndou said the government has rolled out the programme to restore the dignity of community members. “It is good news that we decided to start implementing the programme here in Musina. We want you to be hundred percent sure that the properties belong to you. I urge you to keep your title deeds safely because they are very important documents. Nobody will take your property from you when you have a title deed. This is proof that we are a caring government which aims to improve the lives of ordinary community members.”