BLIND PENSIONER RECEIVES A HOUSE AFTER 30 YEARS
By: Kwandokuhle Njoli
Thelma Mthembu (66) had been living with her family in a three-roomed shack for over 30 years when she received an RDP house from the government.
“I’m so happy to finally move into my new home with running water and electricity,” Mthembu said.
She lives with her unemployed daughter, two grandchildren and a niece.
She added that her pension money is the only income that supports her family.
“I am the only person in this family with an income, as I have two grandchildren that are in a university and their mother is dependent on my income as she lost her job two years ago. I will always be grateful to Mabizela,” she said.
Dumisani Mabizela is the ward counselor at Lindelani Township who assisted Mthembu.
“This is one of the biggest developments I have been part of with my people who have been waiting for a very long time for a development like this,” said Mabizela.
Nhlanhla Nala, housing project manager, said that had he known about the disabled people in the area earlier, he would have accelerated the program to provide them with housing.
He added that he recently gave a woman in a wheelchair who was living in appalling conditions the keys to her new home a week before Mthembu.
“There is still a lot that needs to be done in the area as there are people who are still without homes. The aim is to give homes to everyone. Mthembu and her family received two houses as they are a large family,” said Nala.
Nala said that Mthembu had been living very far from the bus stop and hence he built her new home near the bus stop to make it convenient for her to move from her home to catch her transport to church.