Geluksdal community pulled together to provide safer shelter for a widow

Geluksdal community pulled together to provide safer shelter for a widow

A better home has been built for Sphiwe Malandula and her son by the community of Geluksdal Extenion Three in Tsakane. They now have warm and comfortable place to lie their heads every night.

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Malandula’s husband died in 2002 and this is when all her troubles began.

Sphiwe and her son have been living in a dilapidated building since the beginning of the year.

“I was unemployed and I don’t have an ID so the shack we lived in was sold.”

There were consistently moving around, living with family and friends.

When her options of a roof over their heads ran out at the beginning of this year, Malandula found herself out on the street. The only place was an abandoned building on a plot in Geluksdal.

They were found in the dilapidated building by Edward Makhetha and his team. They were doing voter registration campaigns at the time.

“We approached our councilor Desmond Buitenbacht of Ward 83 to intervene.

“The situation we found them in was no way for any human to live.”

“The home had no running water or sanitation causing Malandula to walk for more than a kilometre to fetch water.

“There is a stream at the back where they wash their clothes.

“But that has recently been contaminated by leaks of sewage pipes,” he adds.

The group were able to gather resources with the assistance of the Metro’s Disaster Management Department. With all in place, they had what they needed to build a more stable house.

A neighbor and member of the team, Fortunate Mazibuko, said a decision was made to move the home closer to the road.

“The location they were on before was at a steep”.

Malandula’s son walks to school every day in KwaThema. Zodwa Mahlangu said this was also a concern.

“The boy has to cross the stream to get to school and it is not safe, especially when it rains.”

Mofokengs were Malandula’s neighbours, living on the same plot under the same inhumane circumstances.

The family of seven survives of social grants.

“This causes the water to puddle in the house when it rains.”

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