Destitute woman to get help

2015-08-27 06:01

Mandisa Msali from RR informal settlement standing and pointing to the holes from her shack and  the poor living conditions in the area. 

Johnson Mesi

Mandisa Msali from RR informal settlement standing and pointing to the holes from her shack and the poor living conditions in the area. PHOTO: Johnson Mesi

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Monde Nqulwana, a ward 89 councillor made a critical intervention and saved the life of an HIV and TB positive woman in Khayelitsha recently.

Mandisa Msali, 44 a resident in RR informal settlement since 2006, is unemployed and is on treatment for both ailments. She recently applied for a disability grant with Sassa but was turned down.

It was then discovered that she was defaulting on her treatment due to lack of food.

The problem then arises that she was not taking her medication because she has no food. She stays with a 16 year old daughter.

After she was denied a grant, she said: . “My situation got worse and I was relying on neighbours for food.”.

According to Sassa, a person qualifies for a disability grant if the disability is confirmed by an assessment officer to indicate whether the disability is permanent or temporary.

Apparently, there no significant residual impairment affecting Msali’s ability to work. To make matters worse for her, Msali stays in a make-shift shack that has gaping holes in the walls.

“When I go to sleep at night I can literally see people walking past my house.”

Thanks to the intervention of TAC’s community development workers Nonqaba Melani and Nkululeko Rorwana.

Thier jobs involves making referrals to relevant departments that deal with issues affecting members of community.

“Her case was very different because it was degrading her human living standard. The conditions where she is staying are not conducive for her health and really needed an urgent intervention’ said Melani.

Dumisani Mazeleni, field officer, department of Human Settlement said they have been alerted to the plight of Msali, and were trying to assist with building material to rebuild her house as the conditions were inhumane

“We are going to take this information to our senior manager and will definitely take the necessary steps to help Msali”.

Nqulwana said he was “confident Msali will receive a relief grant, while they are assessing her problem. They will also provide her with 28 metal sheets to rebuild her house

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