Mum and daughter get housed

2015-08-13 06:00
Bonginkosi Madikizela, MEC for Human Settlements, laid some bricks during his visit to the site where the house for Nomapostile Ginyizembe, 42, who is seen on the picture pushing Dunyiswa Ginyizembe, 19, is being built, in Khayelitsha, on Tuesday. Co

Bonginkosi Madikizela, MEC for Human Settlements, laid some bricks during his visit to the site where the house for Nomapostile Ginyizembe, 42, who is seen on the picture pushing Dunyiswa Ginyizembe, 19, is being built, in Khayelitsha, on Tuesday. Co

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Life is about to change for a woman and her disabled daughter who stay at an informal settlement in Khayelitsha.

Nomapostile Ginyizembe, 42, and Dunyiswa Ginyizembe, 19, who stays in BM Section, Site B, will soon move-into a house they will call home.

This comes after Bonginkosi Madikizela, MEC for Human Settlements, visited the site where the house is being built, in Thokoza Street on Tuesday.

The house is built in partnership with Corobrick, the manufacturer, distributor and exporter of bricks and allied building products.

Ginyizembe said the recent call she received informing her that she was going to get the house came as a “nice surprise” to her.

“I am very happy, because it is not easy for me to stay with my child there.

It becomes a big struggle for me when I have to take her to the clinic, because there is no proper road between the shacks.

Sometime I have to ask my neighbours to look after her when I have to go somewhere, because I cannot push her wheelchair there.

This is a very good surprise for me. I would like to thank the MEC and all those who contributed,” Ginyizembe said.

Dunyiswa, who was going to Vukani Special Care Centre, had to drop-out from the school, because of the difficulties of mobility around the area.

Madikizela said his department is on the mission of prioritising senior citizens and disabled persons on the housing lists.

“We want to ensure that people who are in such conditions are prioritised.

We need to give another look at young people who are getting houses while senior citizens and disabled people still stay in bad conditions in informal settlements.

In a few days time they (Ginyizembe and Dunyiswa) will move-in their house as you can see the bricks are laid already. I want to thank all those who came on board to build the house,” he said.

Lindelwa Madikane, centre manager at Vukani Special Care Centre, said they started advocating for Ginyizembe and Dunyiswa to get the house few years ago, after they learnt that the reason she quit school was the condition of the informal settlements they are living in.

“I cannot describe how I feel to see their house being built.

We have been trying for a number of years to get a house for them.

We were so touched after we learnt that the living conditions were a factor in her not being able to attend school.”

Councillor Mavis Mafoko, thanked the Department of Human Settlements and Corobrick for their effort. “What you did here is very important. I would like to thank you and say you must continue doing it to other people who are in need,” Mafoko said.

Siyanda Mapekula, a representative from Corobrick, said they were “happy to be part of the project” and that this is one of many such projects that they get involved in

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