The rural communities of Thembisile Hani Local Municipality in Mpumalanga are set to benefit from a more than R11 million human settlements project launched in the locality. Human Settlements MEC, Norah Mahlangu launched the People’s Housing Process (PHP) project at Kwaggafontein as part of the department’s plans to develop needy communities.
The project will see building of 100 units and is expected to create much needed jobs and also bring development and dignity to several households. This launch concluded the department’s Mandela Month Campaign.
The activities involved symbolic building of houses for deserving beneficiaries and handing over of blankets as well as food parcels to the needy. Mahlangu reminded the participants that the former President Nelson Mandela stood for dignity and respect of human rights. “Dr Nelson Mandela stood for dignity and respect for human rights; we are here to restore your dignity by building the people of Thembisile houses”.
One of the beneficiaries who were visited by the MEC is Gogo Sophie Mahlangu (80) from Bundu, who stays in a shack with her grandson. Gogo Mahlangu expressed her gratitude for the positive impact to her life. “I am short of words as I see my house being built. I never thought it was going to be restored after losing it during a storm.”
Another beneficiary, John Mkhwanazi (75) had been living in a shack for most of his life. Said Mkhwanazi, “This shack is old and leaking now, I have been living under very difficult conditions, I am very happy with the Mkhulu Mkhwanazi, his wife and grandchildren all stay in the shack. Blankets and food parcels were also handed out to the needy and assured that those who are without houses will soon benefit as per the department’s policy and budget. The United Nations declared July as Mandela Month where society, government, non-governmental structures and individuals to take part in improving the lives of the less fortunate. The 10-year old campaign is celebrated under the theme – “Take Action, Inspire Change and Make Everyday a Mandela Day”