SELEKA — Three families in Seleka, namely the Otsweleng, Madibana and Ngoepe family, will be getting brand new houses in which they can lay down their heads. A dream come true after living most of their lives in dire poverty in shacks.
The three households were identified by the Department of Social Development and Ward 12 Councillor, Paulina Molekwa, as poverty stricken families in the area when Minister of Communications, Faith Muthambi visited Lephalale for the Imbizo week on Monday 30th November 2015.
At that time Jack Maeko, promised the Minister that the municipality would return to build RDP houses for these families.
Chief Seleka, Lephalale Mayor Jack Maeko, Ward 12 Councillor Molekwa and Lephalale Municipal councillors met with the Otsweleng family, for a sod turning event on Friday, to check on the construction of the houses.
Martha Otsweleng (42) a mother of four, living with her children in a two roomed shack, said she is very grateful that she will be getting a house. She has been applying for an RDP house since 2013 and finally her wish has come true; she will live in a house with space and stay dry when it rains. The houses will comprise of 2 bedrooms with a kitchen and dining area.
Chief Seleka said that he is very happy to see that the government is working for its people and that this is a testimony that the municipality is delivering on their promises.
Maeko asked the contractor to speed up the process so that the houses can be complete by the end of February, together with a fence around the yard and new furnishings in the house.
Mr Ledwaba, chairperson of Moral Regeneration in Lephalale said that they are happy with the fact that the municipality is helping the community in this regard as it is morally incorrect to see a family of more than five sharing a room, because there is no privacy. “Imagine a mother and a son sharing a room together? That is not right. Now it will be easier for them to live together as they will no longer be sharing a sleeping room”
The Madibana family consists of 16 members which includes children, grandchildren and great grandchildren – all sharing a four roomed house. Miss Madibana said that no one in her house is working and that they are dependent on the social grants they receive, but it’s not enough. She also said with sadness that one of her sons doesn’t have a school uniform, but there is nothing she can do in this regard.