SELEKA — The Minister of Mineral Resources, Mosebenzi Zwane, during the Imbizo Focus Week which was held at Seleka Village, went to check, monitor and evaluate the houses which are currently being constructed for three disadvantaged families in Seleka 2 on Monday 4 April.
The families were identified by the department of Social Development and Ward councillor in the area as the neediest, when Minister of Communications, Faith Muthambi was in Lephalale last year.
Zwane visited the family of Martha Otsweleng and Elizabeth Madibana. These houses were not yet completed with painting, plastering and wiring still needing to be done. Zwane indicated that a ceiling needs to be put in the houses too.
The house being built for the Ngoepe family is only at the foundation stage. The minister was unhappy about this as well as the misunderstanding regarding the ages of the woman and ownership of the house – issues which Social Development need to attend to.
“I will be back in two weeks at this house and then I want to see the house standing” said Zwane, this after the contractor assured him that they will be done with the last house within two weeks.
“I am very happy to see that progress is being made on my house, this goes to show that the government is delivering on its promise, now me and my children will sleep peacefully without sharing a bedroom” said Elizabeth Madibana who shares a four roomed house with seven of her children and several grandchildren.
The minister went on to say to the three households, headed by women, that they need to find a way of making a living for themselves as a person cannot survive on social grand money only.
“I see that most of the yards in this area are big and a person can go as far as planting a garden and making a living by selling the products” Zwane said.