Neighbour raises funds

2017-08-17 06:05
Ntombomzi Songotsha with Nomvuyo Xekethwana and grandson Olwethu, in their one bedroom shack. Songotsha has started a fund-raising campaign to complete her home. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Ntombomzi Songotsha with Nomvuyo Xekethwana and grandson Olwethu, in their one bedroom shack. Songotsha has started a fund-raising campaign to complete her home. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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A concerned neighbour has started a fund-raising campaign for a Khayelitsha grandmother who has lived for more than 20 years in an incomplete house.

Ntombomzi Songotsha, 45, was moved when she learnt that Nomvuyo Xekethwana, 52, was living in a one bedroom shack despite her housing subsidy having been approved in 1999.

Xekethwana told City Vision that she received material for the building of her home through an organisation called the Federation which was mandated by the housing department to oversee the building of RDP homes.

“We were told that we should get our own builders so we found one and the construction began. Initially they had given us the bricks, sand and concrete and we were meant to receive windows, roofing and other material later.

However, the organisation was dissolved and many people were left stranded,” she said.

Xekethwana said while many homes continue with the work she couldn’t as she has been unemployed for a long time and that her only hope was with her daughter who had started to work.

Ongeziwe Xekethwana , 21 at the time, was one of the young people that died during a stampede at Osawa Tarven in Makhaza 3 years ago.

“She was the only hope I had so I was never able to fix the house. I live here with my grandchildren and when I went to the housing department they told me that the subsidy was paid out and they could not help,” she said.

This is when Songotsha decided to step in to help and started a fund-raising campaign in June to raise the funds.

“I did research and I found that the material needed to finish the building will cost R14000 and the labour would cost R4600. So far I have raised R1600 and had a certain Mr Levits donate more than 60 bricks which will go a long way,” Songotsha said.

She said that she started approaching everyone that is listening even asking people on the bus to chip in.

Songotsha works as a domestic worker in Rondebosch but she is determined to have the house completed.

“People do not need to donated money but whatever they have. If its roofing or windows every little help will go a long way.

It’s a tough project but I have faith that it will come to success,” she said.

If you are willing to help complte the house of Xekethwana, please contact Songotsha on 0732569232.

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