Proof ‘Sinako Ukuzenzela’

2015-05-28 06:00

New RDP home owners Mphuthumi and Veronica Tshotyane were all smiles when they stepped into their house for the first time. 

Mandla MAhashe

New RDP home owners Mphuthumi and Veronica Tshotyane were all smiles when they stepped into their house for the first time. PHOTO: Mandla MAhashe

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“Having lived in a shack for more than twenty years, it feels good to sleep at night without the worry of the heavy rains”.

These were the words of RDP housing beneficiary Mphuthumi Tshotyane, 64, during an inspection by the National Human Settlement last Friday.

Tshotyane was speaking during the visit to Town Two Khayelitsha where houses built by the Sinako Ukuzenzela Project were being inspected.

Tshonyane who lives in his new home with his wife Veronica, 59, as well three children said that the home was a ‘dream come true’.

“We have been waiting since the 1990s and we are extremely happy with the home because now we don’t even notice if it rains.

In the past, when the skies turned grey we would worry as there would be leakages and threats of being flooded in the shack,” he said.

Tshotyane noted that the homes were of greater quality than the RDP of yesteryear and commended Sinako Ukuzenzela Project for their good work.

The organisation is run by locals who appoint a construction company to build the houses for the beneficiaries. Fifteen new completed homes across Town Two and Site B and 10 more which are still under construction were being inspected on the day.

Sinako Ukuzenzela Project oversees the construction of RDP houses in Khayelitsha and has been doing so since 2000.

This, according to the projects chairperson Lucy Tyhaliti, is not an easy task.

“After getting the go ahead form the Human Settlement Department, we have to make sure that all the material is made available.

We have to liaise with the construction company and the beneficiaries throughout the construction process. We have to be on the ball constantly,” she said.

Tyhaliti said that they have already overseen the construction of over fifty homes since they launched their organisation.

“When something goes wrong we are the ones who have to douse the fires while making sure that we protect the beneficiaries and also make sure that the construction companies do their jobs.

But we don’t let that discourage us as we are determined to help improve the lives of residents,” she said.

She said that they were hoping to build more homes and said that the inspectors were happy with their work.

They said that she was proud to announce that their project offers niceties such as aluminium windows, secure electrical cabling, good plumbing and above average ceiling


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