Child-headed family gets home

2016-07-27 06:00
THE MEC for Education, Martha Bartlett (middle), officially handed over the furnished house to the emotional Duiker family in De Aar on Mandela Day. The family is child-headed. Photo: Supplied

THE MEC for Education, Martha Bartlett (middle), officially handed over the furnished house to the emotional Duiker family in De Aar on Mandela Day. The family is child-headed. Photo: Supplied

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THE Duiker family, a child-headed household from De Aar in the Pixley ka Seme Region, has been handed the keys to their newly-built home which has now also been furnished.

This happy event took place in celebration of Nelson Mandela Day.

The MEC for Education in the Northern Cape, Martha Bartlett, accompanied by provincial commissioner Peter Shivuru, officially handed over the four-roomed house to the Duiker family.

The family has been living in the newly-built home for four months, but without much furniture. Furniture has now been included, as per promise after the sod turning of the house, officiated by the Emthanjeni Municipality and the private sector on Mandela Day in 2015.

According to Geoffrey van der Merwe, the media liaison officer to the MEC, intervention by the department was triggered by the six children’s living conditions. They were previously living on the dumping site in De Aar and the authorities were informed.

“The level of education in the household is very low due to their past and the family is totally reliant on donations from the community. The eldest is 21 years old, followed by her sister of 19 years. Two of this family’s members are currently at the Lerato Place of Safety in Kimberley,” revealed Van der Merwe.

He added that the Department of Education had visited the household a couple of weeks ago to do an assessment of their current living conditions.

“Upon our arrival it was noticeable that the house was very neat and tidy. We identified that they were in need of a refrigerator, a kitchen table and chairs, carpets for the house and six single-bedding sets, which we added to the house.”

Van der Merwe said the department would explore the possibility of appointing one of the sisters at a school to provide an income to provide some sort of stability in the household.

“One sister is still in need of an identity document, which will enable her to get a job as well as a grant for her child. The Department of Home Affairs and the South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) were informed and the processing thereof is underway.

“This will be our gesture of goodwill and humanity as inspired by Nelson Mandela and a continuation of our efforts of last year to bring change to this household.”

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