Contractor builds house for poor family

2015-11-04 06:00
Photos: supplied The house the Sithole family lived in for many years.

Photos: supplied The house the Sithole family lived in for many years.

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PRAYERS of a family that has lived in a dilapidated house for years in KwaMzongwana village, Matatiele were answered when they received a new house from Bitline SA 1060, a Matatiele Local Municipality contractor last Friday.

The handover of the house to the Sithole family, which was done by Mayor Momelezi Mbedla, councillors and representative of the contractor, forms part of the Mayoral Outreach programme to strengthen municipalities through the Back to Basics local government programme. Nokonwaba Sithole (30), the house recipient, lived with her three children aged between one and 10 in a very old house that could fall apart anytime.

“Sleeping in my hut I could see the moon from inside, and during heavy rains we would have to ask for shelter in my mother’s house.

“I am unemployed and we survive on the child grants, so I couldn't afford to fix the house.

“I cannot express fully the happiness I feel about what the municipality has done for me and my children. They have restored my dignity, we will now live like normal people, I am very thankful.” she said.

The Office of the Mayor chipped in by buying the family furniture. During the handover Mbedla praised the contractor who donated the house, calling him “activists for development”.

“All contractors and the business community doing business with government should learn to do something for the community. Bitline SA 1060 has set a good example for contractors by being empathetic to people's plight,” Mbedla said.

The contractor, which is currently installing water in Ward 5 built the house for the family after seeing the condition they lived in. The house amounted to more than R60 000. The delegation, led by Mbedla, also visited the
R1.5 million Mnqayi Bridge under construction in Ward 5. “This is part of our monitoring service to ensure we deliver quality services and we will continue assessing all projects to avoid wasteful expenditure,” Mbedla said.

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