Dignity restored for the poor

2016-03-25 06:00
Petros Duma, in his wheelchair, with municipality officials, next to the furniture the municipality gave him. Photo: supplied

Petros Duma, in his wheelchair, with municipality officials, next to the furniture the municipality gave him. Photo: supplied

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DIGNITY has now been restored for many penniless families after the Matatiele Municipality handed over RDP houses to residents of Ramohlakoana village outside Matatiele.

Petros Duma, who is blind and uses a wheelchair to get around, received a house and furniture.

“I don’t believe this is the real me who is going to sleep in a new bed. I am so happy.”

Nozipho Manthabeleng (60), has been living with six children in a two-roomed mud structure for years.

“Living in a two-roomed house with six children is not easy. There was no privacy because as a woman I was forced to wash when my children were at school. On rainy days I had to put out a container because of a leaking roof.”

Manthabeleng said her dignity has been restored now.
“I received a four-roomed house with a kitchen, sitting room and two bedrooms. The stress of living in a mud room has now been removed. I thank God for this better life,” said Manthabeleng.

Nomonde Nkukhu, the portfolio head of the Department of Economic Development and Planning at Matatiele Municipality said the Department of Human Settlements partnered with the municipality to build 400 RDP houses in Matatiele.

“At Maritseng village we built 1 500 units, and at Ramohlakoana village we built 350 units at a total cost of R210 million.
“The RDP houses prioritised the elderly and disabled as well as people who qualify for free housing subsidies, especially those who earn below R3 200 a month,” said Nkukhu.

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