MANDENI Local Municipality Mayor Sphesihle Zulu led a team of officials as part of the #ThumaMina campaign to build a house for 95 year old Agnes Masuku in Ndulinde Ward 11.The officials also took part in the early phases of construction and donated food parcels to the senior citizen. The highlight of the handover was a truck full of furniture ranging from a bed, fridge and washing machine, to a colour TV.Speaking at the handover ceremony, Zulu cited that it is part of their duty as officials to ensure that all citizens are elevated above the poverty line: “Gogo Masuku was identified by Operation Sukuma Sakhe and, as we all know, this year we are celebrating the centenary of Mama Albertina Sisulu, who fought largely for equality. We saw it fit to elevate one of our own above the poverty line in order to bring about the equality that Sisulu fought for.”The beneficiary is currently living on her own in a dilapidated one-room house which does not have water and electricity. “We have noted the conditions that she is living under, we will make sure that the house is fitted with electricity and a Jojo tank so that she won’t have to run out of water supply,” said Zulu.Masuku also shared her joy and thanked the officials for changing her life for the better.“Thank you to each and every one of you, may God bless you all. I am really out of words, you have really changed my life. I really don’t know what to say,” said Masuku. The handover was part of a broader revenue enhancement and cancer awareness campaign currently being rolled out by the municipality. The community of Ndulinde welcomed the initiative by the women caucus and all stakeholders who have contributed towards a better life for Gogo Masuku.