Gogo gets new home after ten years in mud hut

2011-10-26 00:00

AFTER living in a collapsing mud house for over a decade Phindile Sithole (58) now has a decent house to call home for her 14-member family.

Yesterday the grandmother of five was handed the keys to her new four- roomed house in Zimu Road, Sobantu. Premier Zweli Mkhize, first lady Dr May Masego and MPL Pastor Vusi Dube attended the handover.

The house was built by Sakhumnotho Development Services, a co-operative of small construction companies and youth volunteers.

“My knees are weak and I am overjoyed,” Sithole said.

She said 14 members of her family lived in the two-room mud house. No one has a job and they depend on grants.

When it rained the roof leaked and the walls collapsed.

Even though she does not have money to furnish or paint her house, she thanks God that she has a proper roof over her head.

Said Sakhumnotho chairperson Thokozane Gcaba, “I was really embarrassed the first day I visited the mud house and saw how she lived.”

Gcaba told The Witness that 13 volunteers built the house in a month and connected electricity and water, although some volunteers left when they weren’t paid and Sakhumnotho could not provide overalls or food.

All the materials used to construct the house were donated by contractors and suppliers.

Mkhize applauded the youngsters’ hard work. Amid growing unemploymen, he said, “the youth shouldn’t sit down and complain but should look at healthy ways to move forward”.

“What you’ve given is more than this house — a lesson to other young people,” he said.

Sakhumnotho is to build three more houses in Mpendle, Mshwathi and Richmond.

• gabisile.ngcobo@witness.co.za

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