Two elderly North West women given new homes

2016-07-25 10:02
FILE: RDP houses (Supplied)

FILE: RDP houses (Supplied)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Naauwpoort – Two elderly women who have lived in shacks for most of their lives have been given new houses in Naauwpoort by the North West department of local government and human settlements, the department said in a statement.

Seritshane Maditjane, 70, a mother of seven, and Dikeledi Molefe, 60, a single parent, were handed the keys to their new homes on Thursday as part of Nelson Mandela month celebrations.

Maditjane survives on a monthly old age grant of around R1 500, hampering her from building her own home. She lived in a shack until recently, relocating to live with one of her children and grandchildren in the same area.

"At my age, I felt it was not safe for me to stay in a shack, hence I decided to go stay with my child and her grandchildren," she said. "Now that I have a decent house that can withstand any weather conditions, I cannot wait to move into my new house."

Molefe, currently surviving on a disability grant, was forced to stay in a shack after her mud house was destroyed almost 19 years ago, the department said.

"I have waited for this moment all my life. I will now sleep peacefully knowing that I have a decent roof over my head. Nothing beats the feeling of owning [a house], finally,” she said.

MEC for local government and human settlements in North West, Galaletsang Gaolaolwe, said the department would try to continue with similar projects to help with housing security.

Read more on:    mahikeng  |  housing  |  good news

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.