From shack to home

Written by Lentswe. Posted in Community

By MOHANOE KHIBA

Lentswe, Potchefstroom - During Mandela Day on Saturday 18 July, a NPO managed to put a smile on a 51-year-old man’s face who has been staying in a two-room shack since 1990.

Maono Foundation donated a complete house to Daddy Khumalo of Kanana Extension 1 at Ikageng near Potchefstroom.

An excited Khumalo told Lentswe that he’s happy about the house and thanked those who gave it to him.

“It is so sad that I’ve been staying in this shack for 30 years now after being failed by our government. In 2011, I was happy to see government building RDP houses in this area, but I ended disappointed when my RDP house and some others were built, but never finished.”

Khumalo said his RDP house was left unfinished without a roof, doors and windows. “This house will definitely change my life even though I’m still unemployed. In this shack, I’ve been staying in the coldness of winter, there was always water inside during the rainy days, but now my life was changed by these good Samaritans sent by God,” he said with a smile on his face.

Khumalo said he was sent from pillar to post by the municipality.

Khumalo is staying with his wife, Meisie Mokoena (49).

Former ANC ward Councillor Mbulelo Makhaza said: “The reason why these RDP houses are still incomplete is that our then Tlokwe municipality, now JB Marks local municipality told us that the provincial Human Settlement had a backlog as funds were misused. I was one of those 14 ward councillors who complained about maladministration, corruption and fraud. That was the time the ANC decided to fire us as councillors and then DA took over the municipality at that time.”

Makhaza is now the ANC ward committee member of ward 16 and also a ward secretary.

One of the founders of the Maono Foundation Shimmy Mochobo said: “We saw it important as the newly established Foundation to assist our people and that Mr Khumalo must be honoured as an old man with a complete and dignified shelter. We are intended to continue and help others. And thanks to sponsors which helped to sponsor us to fulfill this dream of a house to be completed.”