Mines help with homes

2012-12-14 00:00

CHRISTMAS has come early for several South Coast residents, thanks to major mining companies that have built sustainable houses for vulnerable families and a care centre for the disabled.

Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu applauded the mining companies for building 49 houses in kwaNdwalane and the new Khayalethu Home of Love and Care Centre at kwaNzimakwe near Port Shepstone.

Shabangu said local and national businesses would help the government to change the lives of ordinary people if more of them would give back to communities that needed development

“Your contribution to these communities will make a hugely positive impact on these people and for us as government, because will we be able to focus on other things that need to be done,” said Shabangu.

She said the sustainable houses had stood up well to the recent storms and floods, which exceeded her expectations, and she urged the beneficiaries of the homes to look after their houses.

“These houses will stand the test of time. After the disasters that have hit this area they are still standing and looking beautiful. Now all you need to do is to take good care of your houses,” said Shabangu.

Mavumba Nyathi (81), who previously lived in a shack with a leaking roof and no electricity, was overjoyed when Shabangu officially handed over her new house at Endlwane.

“I feel like a child who just got a Christmas present for the first time,” she said. She added that the indoor toilet was most welcome at this stage of her life.

In kwaNzimakwe where the Khayalethu Home of Love and Care Centre for the disabled was opened on the same day, residents were over the moon.

“I am so happy and relieved because I won’t have to go to Durban when visiting my brother who needs home-based care because I’m going to bring him to this beautiful centre close to home,” said resident Lusapho Manzini.

Derek Johnson of Future Coal mines said his company was proud to have brought change to the lives of people who needed a helping hand and it would continue to help where it can.

The minister promised to have doctors working at the centre as soon as possible and to refurbish the Nombuso High School in the area early next year.

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