The SABC Foundation in partnership with the Habitat for Humanity SA, Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Gauteng Department of Human Settlement commemorated Mandela Day in a meaningful way, by building 67 homes for 67 families for the Community of Orange Farm. The week long activities started on the 17th to the 21st of July 2017.
On the event that took place on Friday, 21 July 2017 at Itemoheng Primary School, which also marked the closing ceremony, the Chairperson of the Interim Board, Ms Khanyisile Kweyama, expressed her gratitude. “We thank you for allowing us to be part of this special and meaningful project and we hope this is the start of great things ahead for this community. As you laid a brick in someone’s house, rest assured that someone will lay it in yours one day. May you leave this place today having learned and lived the true meaning of the Zulu phrase: Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu (A person is a person through other people).”
The day culminated with the cutting of the ribbon in one of the newly built houses. Ms Nomasister Isaac, one of the homeowners, could not contain her excitement and stated: “I have never been so happy in my life. I keep pinching myself to see if this is not a dream. If someone had told me that I would own such a beautiful home I wouldn’t have believed them. The SABC also furnished the house and gave me a R5000 shopping voucher for groceries. I’m so humbled I don’t know whether to smile or cry, all of this is so surreal.”
Councillor of Ward 4 in Driezek, Mr Simon Motha, thanked all the sponsors who came on board and made meaningful contributions that resulted in the success of the project. He also thanked the volunteers who helped build and clean the newly built houses: “This initiative has shown that there is so much hope for this community. Thank you so much for coming together and giving the task at hand your all, we will achieve our goals as a community if we approach them with the same spirit,” he said.
By: Lebohang Sekete
Picture: Lungelo Mbulwana