The granting of property rights to poor people in South Africa is incredibly challenging because the homes in which they reside are locked in detailed land registry processes.
South African billionaire Johann Rupert and his wife, Gaynor, have worked incredibly hard with Stellenbosch’s local officials and the Free Market Foundation to highlight the legal status of bad ownership. Hundreds of people were transferred to the land registry, more to come.
Dr. Johann Rupert and his wife Gaynor gave complete title deeds to Kaya Mandi, Klapmuts, Kylemore, Franschhoek, and Le Roux 132. This was done through the kindness of Rupert and the help of Stellenbosch Mayor Cllr Gesie van Deventer and her team working on land reform at Stellenb’s historic town hall with the Free Market Foundation (FMF) Khaya Lam (my home).
Tabiso Mfeya (Head of Planning and Economic Development at Stellenbosch), Leon Louw (Executive Director of FMF), and Temba Nolutshungu (President of Cape Town at FMF) also attended the ceremony.
The FMF has supported the cause of transforming the various forms of colonial titles contained in townships into a full, unmistakable domain of existing owners for more than 40 years. Currently, Ruperts has funded 1,000 books in Stellenbosch and 1,000 in Graff Reinet, where Dr. Rupert’s father was born. To date, in Stellenbosch, 585 title documents have been given and more will come.
Johann and Gaynor Rupert have made a significant difference in the lives of ordinary South Africans and particularly the poorest people residing in Stellenbosch, in collaboration with Khaya Lam and the Municipality. The mainstream goal is to bring about real economic and social change through property ownership. They will enter the hall as tenants as soon as the occupants enter the building. Upon quitting, they become landowners with a completely tradable freeholder land, making their first step towards more real economic empowerment.
Johann Rupert said during his address before the title deed ceremony that his father was incredibly lucky in the riches they had gained and wanted to use it for the greater good.
“It is easy to give away money but more difficult to find organizations that spend the time to use the funds properly and efficiently,” he said and commended the FMF and Khaya Lam for their ability to do this.