Tears of joy as gogos get houses

(FEATURED IMAGE) Elsie Nkondlo, a 75-year-old gogo, finally got her dream home after 20 years of waiting. Photo: George Xolelizwe.

Elsie Nkondlo, a 75-year-old gogo, has been waiting for this moment since 1996.

For years she lived in a shack in Kagiso and in 1996 she was promised a warm house.

Francina Mahlomo, a 94-year-old beneficiary, literally jumped for joy in front of the brand-new RDP house she had waited so many years for.
Photo: George Xolelizwe

She spoke to George Xolelizwe, chairperson of the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) on the day she received her house and said it had been incredibly hard for her to live in a shack all those years.

“I nearly gave up on the dream of getting my own house,” she said. “Then today they finally gave me my ‘happy letter’ [title deed], and I was so overjoyed that I couldn’t even speak.

I just cried because after so many years I finally have a house made of bricks, with a roof and even a geyser.”

Maki Legwete, councillor for Ward 11 handed over most of the Reconstruction and Development Programme’s houses’ keys to their excited new owners.

George had the opportunity to speak to some of the other new homeowners as well and said that they were so happy that some even shed a few tears while unlocking the front doors of their houses.

“Given the statistics of the number of houses built, it is expected that everyone will be given a piece of the housing cake,” he said.

Friends and families of the gogos came together outside their new houses to celebrate the glorious day with them. Photo: George Xolelizwe

Makhali Trading built 205 houses, of which six were reserved for people living with disabilities. Ncamane Projects is expected to build 170 houses, of which 40 are already completed. Kgani and Kapano TV built 25 houses.

George reminded beneficiaries that there are certain criteria allocators have to follow before a house can be allocated to a beneficiary.

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Sanco therefore suggested to the allocation team that if the houses are applied for, they should consider at least 27 of them for the elderly, 26 for disabled people, 15 for military veterans, and 11 for wheelchair-bound people.

This initiative is part of the Department of Human Settlements, Mogale City Local Municipality, Rural Development and Sanco Housing Project.

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