Willowfontain families smile on Mandela Day

2015-07-23 06:00
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Minister for Communications Faith Muthambi ‘assists’ with the building of the Mkhize house.

PHOTO: nompendulo ngubane Minister for Communications Faith Muthambi ‘assists’ with the building of the Mkhize house.

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TWO Willowfontain families had reason to smile after the Minister for Communications, Faith Muthambi, visited them last Friday as part of her 67 minutes for Mandela Day on Saturday.

Muthambi had identified and “adopted” seven­ families in Willowfontain as requested by President Jacob Zuma in 2014 and made numerous visits to check and monitor them.

Thabisile Mkhize from one of the families had an ID problem because her child did not have a birth certificate, but after the minister’s intervention they were assisted.

“I have never had an ID. My child also didn’t have a birth certificate. I am happy to say that everything has been sorted out. I want to thank the minister for her intervention. Life is normal and I feel like a normal person also.

“We are grateful for the house they are building for us. We are a family of eight and it is difficult to share the space we have. It’s too small for all of us. We are very excited, they have started the house and we cannot wait to move in. I got my ID last month and I am happy - we are all happy. My child also has a birth certificate and she is receiving her social grant,” said Mkhize.

Muthambi and government officials toured the home.

The next tour was to the Mathe family, a child-headed home with 15 children. Their home is due to be finished within two weeks.

Sanele Mathe said they have never lived in a proper house.

“We have no words and ways to express our gratitude. It is like a dream. I feel like someone will come and wake me up and tell me I’m dreaming,” said Mathe.

Muthambi said after seeing what these families were going through she had to do something.

“As we celebrate our icon it is important that we celebrate it with those who are needy. Today we are here to tell them they are not alone. Tata would have loved to see this happening,” said Muthambi.

Ward councillor Sibusiso he is very happy with everything.

“I am happy that the minister fulfilled her promise. We wish that she continues doing what she did for others. The houses are not finished yet, but they already look beautiful.”

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