Blind Saliti lives on hope, prayer

2016-05-26 06:00
 DA Member of Parliament Masizole MNqasela, George Saliti, MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela and PR Councillor Vuyokazi Matanzima.  PHOTO: Mandla MaHashe

DA Member of Parliament Masizole MNqasela, George Saliti, MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela and PR Councillor Vuyokazi Matanzima. PHOTO: Mandla MaHashe

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A Khayelitsha backyard dweller will now be singing a different tune after receiving a special message from human settlement MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela.

George Saliti was the recipient of good tidings when Madikizela, along with former DA constituency head Malizole Mnqasela and local PR councillor Vuyokazi Matanzima personally visited his shack in the backyard of a house in Makhaza, to inform him that his in Delft is under construction.

Accordion player Saliti,68, makes a living performing at local shopping centres.

They promised him a home in a new development in Delft as soon as the construction was finished.

Saliti said he has been in the housing waiting list since after Mnqasela took him to the housing department to apply for a house.

“Before that I had never had someone come in and try to assist me. I stayed as a backyarder ever since I arrived in Cape Town in 1990. I was not expecting this...I am really happy now, I can’t wait to step into the new home even though I have not been told when it will be finished,’ said Saliti.

Saliti lives alone in his one bedroom shack in Makhaza.

He said that life has not being easy for him.

“Because of difficulty in finding work when you are blind, I make some money by singing and playing my accordion at the shopping centres around Khayelitsha.

I also record some CDs and sell them during these performances,” he told City Vision.

He said that living in the one bedroom shack was difficult especially in severe weather conditions.

“It gets cold during the winter and the occasional flooding is also a big problem,” said Saliti.

He said that he was happy that he would finally be a home owner and thanked the bearers of good news.

Madikizela said that people such as Saliti were already facing difficulty, lack of shelter shouldn’t be an additional hinderance.

“Not only is Mr Saliti old but he is unable to see. People like him are of a high priority to our department and we are looking forward to assisting others,” he concluded.

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