Proof ‘Sinako Ukuzenzela’

2015-05-28 06:00

New RDP home owners Mphuthumi and Veronica Tshotyane were all smiles when they stepped into their house for the first time. 

Mandla MAhashe

New RDP home owners Mphuthumi and Veronica Tshotyane were all smiles when they stepped into their house for the first time. PHOTO: Mandla MAhashe

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

“Having lived in a shack for more than twenty years, it feels good to sleep at night without the worry of the heavy rains”.

These were the words of RDP housing beneficiary Mphuthumi Tshotyane, 64, during an inspection by the National Human Settlement last Friday.

Tshotyane was speaking during the visit to Town Two Khayelitsha where houses built by the Sinako Ukuzenzela Project were being inspected.

Tshonyane who lives in his new home with his wife Veronica, 59, as well three children said that the home was a ‘dream come true’.

“We have been waiting since the 1990s and we are extremely happy with the home because now we don’t even notice if it rains.

In the past, when the skies turned grey we would worry as there would be leakages and threats of being flooded in the shack,” he said.

Tshotyane noted that the homes were of greater quality than the RDP of yesteryear and commended Sinako Ukuzenzela Project for their good work.

The organisation is run by locals who appoint a construction company to build the houses for the beneficiaries. Fifteen new completed homes across Town Two and Site B and 10 more which are still under construction were being inspected on the day.

Sinako Ukuzenzela Project oversees the construction of RDP houses in Khayelitsha and has been doing so since 2000.

This, according to the projects chairperson Lucy Tyhaliti, is not an easy task.

“After getting the go ahead form the Human Settlement Department, we have to make sure that all the material is made available.

We have to liaise with the construction company and the beneficiaries throughout the construction process. We have to be on the ball constantly,” she said.

Tyhaliti said that they have already overseen the construction of over fifty homes since they launched their organisation.

“When something goes wrong we are the ones who have to douse the fires while making sure that we protect the beneficiaries and also make sure that the construction companies do their jobs.

But we don’t let that discourage us as we are determined to help improve the lives of residents,” she said.

She said that they were hoping to build more homes and said that the inspectors were happy with their work.

They said that she was proud to announce that their project offers niceties such as aluminium windows, secure electrical cabling, good plumbing and above average ceiling

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.