New wheels for Tshepi

2018-03-01 06:00
Tshepiso Masina sitting on his new wheelchair whiles the Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Mcebisi Skwatsha and his grandmother Nolusapho Masina standing behind him.PHOTO:

Tshepiso Masina sitting on his new wheelchair whiles the Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Mcebisi Skwatsha and his grandmother Nolusapho Masina standing behind him.PHOTO:

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The Masina family from Unathi in Crossroads was relieved after their son received a new wheelchair courtesy of the Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Mcebisi Skwatsha on Thursday.

Recipient Tshepiso Masina, who attends Thembalethu School for the Disabled in Gugulethu was on cloud nine on the day.

His grandmother, Nolusapho Masina said the new wheelchair has brought relief to Tshepiso and his family.

“ I believe the wheelchair will make a difference as Tshepiso will be able to move freely. His previous wheelchair was too old as the footplate was broken,” she said.

Masina said she stays with her two children and two grandchildren, and that her social grant was their only means of survival.

“No one is working here. Tshepiso’s mother died in 2014 and now he depends on me. I have to make sure that when he leaves for school, I have to buy him all his necessities for the week. Sometimes I struggle even to have money to buy them,” she said.

Skwatsha said the donation was part of his department’s initiative.

“This is not our first initiative as we have assisted many people in the communities. As a government, we are elected to serve the people, especially disadvantaged people.”

He described the children as future leaders of the country. “Our government looks after women and children because our history used to suppressed them.”

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