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Delighted residents in Pennyville were handed the title deeds to their properties. The development comprises 2 800 houses in total.
SHAKING hands with the executive mayor of Johannesburg, Amos Masondo, was a breath-taking moment for 83-year-old Caroline Mazamela, but receiving a title deed confirming that she was the legal owner of a four-roomed RDP house was overwhelming.


Executive mayor Amos Masondo hands over a title deed to Caroline Mazamela (Photo: Enoch Lehung, City of Johannesburg)Executive mayor Amos Masondo hands over a title deed to Caroline Mazamela (Photo: Enoch Lehung, City of Johannesburg)Mazamela, a grandmother of five, was one of 30 Pennyville residents who braved the freezing drizzle on Monday, 18 April at the newly opened Pennyville Park to receive the title deeds to their houses.

“I have waited for 32 years for this moment. From now on I will have peace of mind knowing that the house is registered in my name,” she said.

Weeping away tears of joy, she added: “I want to thank the mayor and his team for their hard work in ensuring that we live better lives.”

Speaking at the ceremony, Masondo encouraged the new homeowners to look after their properties. “Today you have proof that you are the lawful owners of these properties. Do not allow [anyone] to rob you.

“The handing over of title deeds to residents of Pennyville is another milestone in the City of Johannesburg’s programme to provide housing opportunities for all communities. You are now fully fledged citizens of Johannesburg,” he added, to huge applause from the crowd.


Houses in Pennyville get a new coat of paintHouses in Pennyville get a new coat of paintPennyville is a mixed-income housing development in southwestern Joburg. It has rental and fully subsidised houses and was launched in 2008 as part of the government’s Breaking New Grounds initiative. It consists of 2 800 homes, comprising 1 600 RDP houses, 800 bonded houses, 200 rental rooms and 200 social housing units.

Houses have been occupied by residents of Noordgesig, Orlando East, Riverlea, Zamimpilo and New Canada informal settlements.

Pointing out some of the advantages of the area, the member of the mayoral committee for housing, Ruby Mathang, said: “Pennyville is very close to places of work. The transport system here is convenient.”

A Rea Vaya Bus Station would also soon be built in the area, he added.

His department would work tirelessly in making sure that basic housing needs were delivered to the community. “The City is committed to deliver and facilitate 100 000 housing units over the short to medium term.”

The Pennyville housing development had played a crucial role in reducing informal settlements and making a positive reflection on the housing backlog.

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