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March 2013

Issue homepage Message from the Programme Director Urban LandMark and DFID London debate improved access to urban land and property rights Urban LandMark participates in China-Africa workshop on pro-poor urban development Urban LandMark participates in conference on urbanisation and rural-urban migration in sub-Saharan Africa Our research in practice: Isandla Institute workshops Urban LandMark's Guide on Managing Urban Land with four local municipalities Don't miss Urban LandMark's 2013 Conference: Moving from Knowledge to Change: Agreeing the Next Steps for Better Access to Urban Land Urban LandMark and the Association of African Planning Schools host a workshop to discuss knowledge production and research collaboration in the global South Update on our Tenure Security Facility Southern Africa project Handbook for First-Time Home Owners - in all 11 languages! Developing a booklet on the Land Governance Assessment Framework South Africa (LGAF)

Handbook for First-Time Home Owners - in all 11 languages!

Urban LandMark and the Department of Human Settlements recently developed educational material on title deeds for first-time home owners. The aim of the work was to ensure that first-time home owners are informed of their rights, and educated and empowered to understand their responsibilities and obligations as home owners.

The Department is particularly concerned that beneficiaries who receive government-subsidised houses should have a clear understanding of the importance of holding a title deed to their property. One of these resources, a short Home Owner's Handbook, has been translated into South Africa's 11 official languages.

"This Home Owner's Handbook gives answers to the questions that arise
when first-time home owners want to sell or rent out or improve their house,
buy another house, transfer their title or use their house to access money
to start a business. Reading this handbook, first-time home owners will be
able to make informed decisions around owning a house."

"Le ncwadana ikuxelela into ekufuneka uyenze njengomnikazi-mzi ukuqinisekisa
ukuba indlu yakho ikusebenzela kakuhle wena kunye nosapho lwakho."

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