Thank you says gogo Mbambo

2010-12-29 00:00

THERE were smiles all over for gogo Ernestina Mbambo (82) and her grandchildren who recently moved from Thembelihle informal settlement in Eastwood to temporary accommodation which will be their shelter until a new house has been built for them.

This follows recent media reports about the grandmother who lived in a mud house with more than 20 orphans.

She was unable to look after them adequately as they did not all have birth certificates and ID books, and relied on her for everything.

Mbambo said, “Even though this is a temporary arrangement, I am very happy to be living in a house that has a nice bed and electricity and I do not have to bother my neighbours about using their toilets because I have a toilet right here.”

She said life has been very difficult because she lost eight of her children through Aids-related illnesses and was left with the difficult task of raising 28 grandchildren who all rely on her pension.

She said she has hope since she and her grandchildren were relocated to Themba Njilo’s Lodge near Henley Dam in Elandskop, where they will be accommodated until a house has been built for her.

“I do not remember when last I had enough food for my grandchildren during the festive season so I really appreciate all the help that we have been receiving this month,” said Mbambo.

She said that now that most of her grandchildren are receiving grants her only wish is to get a house.

Thokozani Zuma, a teacher at McCarthy Primary School where most of the grandchildren are at school, said: “This is a miracle because when we first learnt about the situation that gogo Mbambo was facing we did not know what to do for them. However, through God we have seen a great difference from what we first encountered.”

She said they are grateful to the media, business people and government for offering a helping hand.

Ward councillor Mzwakhe Dladla said they are always grateful to those who offer support. “We have tried to help by providing basic needs for the family of Mbambo and we are continuing to try and get more help,” he added.

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