Family receives promised home

2017-12-14 06:01
Zoe Kota-Fredericks, Deputy Minister of Human Settlements (red top), Bongani Mgayi, of Power Group Neil De Beer, the chairman for NEDEBE Group, Mcebisi Skwatsha, Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform and the family, last Thursday, in Gugulethu.PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

Zoe Kota-Fredericks, Deputy Minister of Human Settlements (red top), Bongani Mgayi, of Power Group Neil De Beer, the chairman for NEDEBE Group, Mcebisi Skwatsha, Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform and the family, last Thursday, in Gugulethu.PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

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Lindelwa Mfobela described the handover of her rebuilt home, which was destroyed by fire last year, as a “best Christmas present” ever.

As Mcebisi Skwatsha, the Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform handed over the house, Mfobela was on cloud nine last Thursday

Mfobela, who lives in Gugulethu with her family, said they were left homeless after her car, which was parked in the garage, suddenly became ablaze on Reconciliation Day 2016.

She then approached Skwatsha who then asked Neil ‘S’gantsontso’ De Beer, the Chairman of Nedebe Group, a construction company, for assistance to rebuild the house.

Power Construction also came on board to build the house from scratch.

Mfobela thanked all those who contributed to the project.

“You did a great thing for us. This is the best Christmas present ever. I feel like I am born again. I was waiting patiently for this day,” she said.

The handover was also attended by Zoe Kota-Fredericks, Deputy Minister of Human Settlements and Nomaindiya Mfeketo, the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation.

Skwatsha said he was touched after he visited the family last year.

“I did not promise them anything when I visited them. I realised there that what happened to them was bad. They cried tears of joy when I told them that their house was going to be rebuilt.

It took longer than we anticipated to finish it, because of things that were beyond our control. God is great and enjoy the house,” Skwatsha said.

He also said the family could choose furniture of their choice on the donor’s account.

De Beer said he was happy for helping the family.

“There was nothing left when the house burnt down. We had to break-down all the walls and rebuild it. This house is special. We had a delay in handing in over, because we wanted to build a home not a house. We have delivered a good hope today and it is delivered by ANC (African National Congress). I hope you will be happy here,” De Beer said.

Earlier in the year, De Beer has also handed over a renovated house to octogenarian Monwabisi Tyewu, 83, from Philippi.

The construction of that house was done by prison inmates.

Bongani Mgayi, from the Power Group, said this was their way of ploughing back to the community.

“This is our way to show we are responsible as a company and that we not only take from the community, but we help where there is a need,” Mgayi said.

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