CIT company team assists needy family

2016-01-14 06:00
PHOTO: supplied The one-room house the family was living in.

PHOTO: supplied The one-room house the family was living in.

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A CASH-IN-TRANSIT (CIT) company - SBV Cash in Transit Security Guard - is appealing to the community to assist with donations of any kind that will be given to a needy Ezingolweni family.

Rudi Swart of SBV said the CIT team was working in the Ezingolweni area when they noticed a lady bathing her young children outside their one-bedroomed dwelling.

“The staff approached the woman and further investigated the situation and decided to see if they could assist in any way,” said Swart

Vakele Sidwell Msiya visited the family and established that the parents were unemployed and their only source of income was a single social grant.

“The social grant is used to sustain six people living in one room. The local chief was visited and confirmed that the family were suffering and that some intervention would be appreciated,” said Swart

Msiya also went to the children’s school and it was confirmed that their progress is not up to standard.

“We also went to a local pastor who committed to engage with the family and monitor their progress.”

After all investigations the team reached an agreement that they would donate towards building the family a house.

“This initiative was driven by our CIT department who managed to raise R10 000. We also got help from our head office and fund-raising events were held at the branch which enabled us to build two rooms that will enable the family to vacate their current dwelling because it is unsuitable for occupation,” he said.

The new house has been completed and this weekend the team plan to officially hand it over to the family.

“We plan on handing over the property to the family on Sunday. However, the money raised was not be sufficient to complete the house. We would like to give them more than a shell. We would like to give them a few items of furniture and food to make it a home and because they do not have electricity, a coal stove would be a bonus,” said Swart.

He said they are reaching out to the community for school uniforms as well because the children don’t have any to wear to school.

“Any help will be highly appreciated,” he said.

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