25 new houses for Orange Farm

2012-07-20 17:24
Johannesburg - There was jubilation on the dusty streets of Orange Farm's Extension 10 on Friday as the community attended a ceremony to hand over 25 new houses.

In a bid to mark Nelson Mandela month, 14 businesses came together to build houses for the community.

Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale and the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory joined non-profit organisation Habitat for Humanity SA in handing over the houses.

Habitat for Humanity steered the project.

Sexwale praised the initiative, saying it emphasised the vision of former president Nelson Mandela.

"Doing this in the spirit of Madiba truly makes me proud," he said.

Sexwale also spoke out about corrupt government housing officials.

"Let's condemn any government people who steal people's money... away with corruption, away!"

He also had a message for the 25 new home owners.

"People gave of themselves to give you these homes. Take care of them. Do not sell them," Sexwale said.

One new home owner, Alina Mokoena, a street vendor and mother of two, was overjoyed when she received the keys to her new home.

"I am so surprised, so happy; I can't believe this is happening to me," she said.

The 14 companies brought in their employees to contribute to the initiative.

Habitat for Humanity spokesperson, Adrianne Burke, said this was just one of her organisation's many projects aimed at bettering the country.

"We intend to build 67 houses in each of the provinces by next year. We continue to call on South Africans to support us," he said.

Join the conversation!

24.com 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.
Read more on:    tokyo sexwale  |  johannesburg  |  housing

24.com 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
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Jones: Japan can be 'team of the tournament'
Tuilagi gets punishment cut
As it happened: New Zealand 47-9 Tonga
Fourie: Boks can't be in a better position
Traffic Alerts

The phrase for today is:”Out of the blue.” Expect the unexpected and work with the changeable energy. Your intuition is heightened...read more

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 24.com 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.