Allocation of sites brings joy

2015-11-18 06:00
PEOPLE listen attentively in Bohlokong near Bethlehem during the recent allocation of sites. Photo: Tladi Moloi

PEOPLE listen attentively in Bohlokong near Bethlehem during the recent allocation of sites. Photo: Tladi Moloi

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BOHLOKONG. – Only 204 out of 500 people have officially been given sites at the Bohlokong Extension 4 Old Council Hostel by the Dihlabeng Local Municipality.

These are people whose applications were successful following a tender process which was conducted by the municipality late last year. Initially 500 people had applied.

After having waited for almost a year some people have already lost hope following rumours claiming that they would never get the sites even though they had paid for them. The sites were sold at varying amounts ranging from R10 000 to R20 000.

The 204 people were shown their sites on Friday (13/11) by the local municipality and the feeling was electrifying.

Sbongile Tshabalala (50), a mother of two children, a boy and a girl, could not hide her excitement after she had spent her life living with her grandmother. “At last I would have a place to call home. I never thought that this day would come. I want to thank God who never fails us,” she said.

Tshabalala said she had been living with her mother, granny and children in one house. She said at times they had to share a room with the kids and that was not good. “I am happy it will come to an end. I will build my house and soon my kids will have their home also,” she said.

Meanwhile Lindiwe Makgalema, the Dihlabeng chief whip, told the Leihlo La Sechaba Rainbow party that it should stop misleading people and tell them to start an informal settlement. “I think it is time that we tell them that we are the ruling party. We know when to give land to the community and we are here to help the community,” she said.

She said they wanted to thank the people for their patience.

Makgalema said they still had a backlog of 2 300 people who needed land. She, however, promised that the municipality would work on that. She said they were going to make a request for 500 sites at the last council meeting in December.

Job Tshabalala, the acting mayor of the Dihlabeng Local Municipality, said they were happy as the municipality gave sites to people at the time when they were celebrating the freedom charter.

In the charter it is stated that all the people shall have houses.

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