Premier spreads joy as he delivers keys to new houses in Durban

2010-11-19 00:00

THERE were tears of joy as the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Dr Zweli Mkhize, visiting newly built homes at three housing development projects around Durban yesterday.

Many of the beneficiaries have waited years to have a decent roof over their heads.

One such person was Lina Madlala, a 63-year-old grandmother who has been living in a shack with other relatives and raising her three orphaned grandchildren.

Yesterday the premier handed her the key to a smart new house.

“Thank you very much for your help. Now I can leave a normal life like most people. I am very grateful to have my own house at the end,” Madlala told him.

Her remarks came just after Mkhize had cut a ribbon declaring her four-roomed house open.

Madlala was one of many beneficiaries who received houses at Stop 8, Namibia near KwaMashu.

Mkhize was accompanied by the MEC for Human Settlements, Maggie Govender, and councillors for the eThekwini municipality.

The premier’s next stop was at Lovu near Kingsburgh, south of Durban, where another housing project has been partly completed.

Said Winnie Mbele, another recipient of a house,“I love my house, it’s so beautiful. When I look at the house I … am so excited my Christmas is going to be a happy one this year.”

Mkhize called on people without houses to be patient.The province has since 1994 had built over 500 000 houses, he said, and today there were 960 000 people needing homes.

Mkhize congratulated the beneficiaries and called on them to take good care of their properties and plant vegetables to fight poverty.

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