At 91, in own home

2015-05-05 06:00

“An absolute dream come true!”

These are the words of a first-time homeowner after receiving the keys to her own house this month.

At 91, the ailing Sarah Sass is the eldest recipient of a house in the Rondevlei housing project.

Sass says she has always dreamt of owning her own home and finally she can “sleep soundly”.

Karen Doralingo, herself a former Cuba Heights resident who has relocated to the Rondevlei project, assisted in locating Sass. Sass’ most recent contact details were not captured on the housing database. Doralingo says tracing Sass resulted in delays.

“We managed to get a contact number for her neighbour and in this way we could go to Sass.

“Little did we know that on the day we took her documentation for her to sign, it was her birthday,” Doralingo says.

Sass says this was “the best birthday gift”.

She sits comfortably in her new lounge as she lightheartedly tells the story of her journey to becoming a homeowner.

“I can’t believe I am finally in my own house. I feel unbelievably happy and so proud to call this my own place,” she says.

Sass explains she almost gave up hope of owning her own house before she leaves for the hereafter.

“I was on the waiting list for 35 years and eventually I just gave up hope that I would ever own my own house. Now it has finally materialised and I couldn’t be happier,” Sass beams.

She explains she lived in Grassy Park with her brother for many years. While living with him she had to make a monthly contribution of R120.

“For me that is a lot of money because I am a pensioner, but now I can save that money and plough it into my own home. I will no longer be paying for goods at another person’s place because the money saved will be used for my own,” she laughs.

Sass has suffered two strokes in recent years and the results of this was the numbing of the entire left side of her body.

“I can’t really do anything for myself anymore. My daughter is looking after me and she has moved with me to the new home to see that my health is taken care of.”

She adds it gets frustrating when she has to depend on others for help.

The privilege of cleaning her own house has somewhat been taken away. “I could do everything on my own but now I have to wait on people to do it for me. Sometimes when the children clean around here I get so frustrated because they don’t do it as I would,” Sass chuckles.

Despite all the challenges which have come her way, Sass is “grateful” she is able to spend her last few years in her own home.

She is the mother of 10 children, of whom five are still alive, and “too many grandchildren and great grandchildren”.

“My family is so happy for me as well. They knew how long I was waiting for a house. Now they are wearing out my threshold as I get daily visits from all of them.”

Asked about her favourite part of living in the new home, Sass says: “I can sleep as late as I want and I sleep like a baby!”

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