Gogo Khoza grateful for new home

2017-11-03 13:45
Mama Ntombi’s Community Projects project manager and fundraiser, Sandra Pillay, handing the elated Gogo Khonzeni Khoza (77) the keys to her new home on Thursday. She has lived in a  run-down mud house in Ezinketheni for many years.

Mama Ntombi’s Community Projects project manager and fundraiser, Sandra Pillay, handing the elated Gogo Khonzeni Khoza (77) the keys to her new home on Thursday. She has lived in a run-down mud house in Ezinketheni for many years. ( Ian Carbutt)

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Gogo Khonzeni Khoza (77) finally has her own bedroom after spending years in a run-down one-roomed mud house with her son.

Khoza, who lives in the poverty stricken community of Ezinketheni near Copesville, was delighted on Thursday after Mama Ntombi’s Community Projects (MNCP) along with several businesses who made donations to help build her new home, officially handed the house over to her and her son Bheki Majola (45).

Solomon Qadi, an MNCP field worker based in Ezinketheni, said he was approached by Khoza’s concerned neighbours who told him about the terrible conditions Khoza was living under.

“Her mud house was falling apart. You could see her sleeping inside the house while walking past from a distance. It was really bad,” said Qadi.

Qadi said the neighbours had tried to get assistance for Khoza to no avail.

“I wrote a report about the conditions she was living under and submitted it to my managers. Shortly after that plans to help build her new home were under way and today we are handing over her home,” said Qadi.

The project manager and fund­raiser, Sandra Pillay, said the project to build the house started in September and last week Khoza was already living in her new home with her son.

Pillay said Khoza had recently lost her eyesight, and they were planning to seek medical assistance for her with hopes of helping her get her sight back.

An elated Khoza said she was happy about her new home and new bed.

“Parts of the house were falling and hitting my head while I was sitting in bed. The situation was really bad and it was extremely cold and windy. The new house is great and I love my new bed, I don’t fall anymore and I can turn around with ease. Thank you very much. I am very happy,” she said.

Khoza’s son, Bheki, said he was also thankful to all the organisations who came to their aid. “I promise to continue taking good care of my mother like I used to do.

“The new house makes it a little easier because I can go out knowing my mother is safe in her home because with the old house people used to come in and out of the house as they pleased,” he said.

A neighbour, Bulelwa Dlamini, said she, along with other neighbours, had started building a new mud house for Khoza before MNCP intervened. “We are grateful for the intervention. She seems much happier now,” she said.

Mama Ntombi’s Community Projects is a local organisation that cares for orphaned children from the Jika Joe, Ezinketheni and Matison informal settlements in Pietermaritzburg.


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