8 Eastern Cape families get new homes as part of Mandela celebrations

8 Eastern Cape families get new homes as part of Mandela celebrations

- The Chris Hani District Municipality provided 7 houses to 7 families

- SAPS built a 55-year-old woman a new house

- The handover of the homes was part of events to mark the centenary of Mandela's birth

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Eight families in Eastern Cape have received new homes as part of events marking the centenary of Nelson Mandela's birth.

According to Dispatch Live, the Chris Hani District Municipality (CHDM) handed over seven homes to seven families living in its jurisdiction this week.

The local South African Police Service also handed over a house to 55-year-old Nozibele Dastile.

Councillors Zanele Koni (second from right) and Mncedisi Mbengo (right) with two of the beneficiaries. Source: Dispatch Live/Tembile Sgqolana

Councillors Zanele Koni (second from right) and Mncedisi Mbengo (right) with two of the beneficiaries. Source: Dispatch Live/Tembile Sgqolana

All the houses are fully furnished, Briefly.co.za learned. They are also spacious, boasting four rooms each.

Speaking during the handover ceremony, CHDM councillor Zanele Koni said this was the result of a deliberate policy to improve the lives of underprivileged residents:

The main focus was on poor or destitute families, disabled people and child-headed families.

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Prior to receiving her new home, Nozibele had lived in a modest two-roomed house with her child, who has a disability.

She expressed joy and thanked the SAPS for fulfilling its promise to her. SAPS began construction of the house last year.

In a similar story, a 49-year-old KwaZulu-Natal mom and her six kids moved into a brand new home courtesy of their municipality in June. They had lived in a mud shack for years.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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