Houses for the elderly

Oldest beneficiary Nonikile Zazeka, 87, could not contain her excitement when she received her house keys.
Oldest beneficiary Nonikile Zazeka, 87, could not contain her excitement when she received her house keys.

In recognition of and in honour of South African women, particularly the elderly, Provincial Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela handed over houses to gogos and madalas in Delft on Women’s Day.

MEC Madikizela said the responsibility of the government was to identify the most vulnerable groups in society and make sure they are prioritised ... The elderly and the disabled and child headed households because these are the people who deserve the government’s attention.

“ I always tell the youth and ask them to challenge the government and fight for jobs. The government must move away from the culture we have created where everyone expects something for free from the government. We must provide assistance to people who are not able to assist themselves.”

He said: “I’m very happy we are providing homes today, on Women’s Day because many of our mothers and grandmothers are not celebrating this day precisely because we have done this huge disservice to them.

When I hand over a house to an 87-year old I don’t celebrate because it is a serious indictment on us as government and leaders because these people should have received houses 20 years ago. We have many young people in their twenties who are living in government subsidised houses and yet still have people in their eighties who have never been assisted by the government before. What is it that we are doing? I have mixed feelings because we are not doing what we are supposed to be doing.”

Minister Madikizela added: “We really need to focus and make sure we prioritise the most deserving people like the ones who received houses today. I’m very happy that they are getting houses today and their dignity has been restored, and we are doing at a time when we celebrate this important day on our calendar. We must continue and make sure that we identify people like them in order to make sure we deliver services to the most needy.”

Oldest beneficiary Nonikile Zazeka, 87, could not contain her excitement when she received her house keys.

“I’m so emotional. I don’t know what to say. I have been praying to God for many years asking him to take me out of that leaking shack. My health is deteriorating because my shack was always wet. Sometimes I could not get out because it was always flooded when it rained,” said Zazeka.

Another beneficiary, Nokilima Ndabeni, 59, said it still felt like a dream that she was a house owner.

“My days of suffering in a shack are over now. I don’t have descent furniture anymore as my things got wet in winter and burn down in summer when there are shack fires. This still feels like a dream,” said Ndabeni.

The Delft Precinct 3A development comprises 485 units and is intended to accommodate families from the existing Tsunami TRA in Delft, Delft backyarders, Langa backyarders, Joe Slovo informal settlement in Langa and families from areas identified for development by the City of Cape Town.

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