Meet the Du Toits, a white couple enjoying life in a rural Limpopo village

Meet the Du Toits, a white couple enjoying life in a rural Limpopo village

- Danie du Toit, 60, and his 57-year-old wife, Kotie, have been living in GaMaepa village for the past nine years

- They are among 70 families waiting for the government to complete RDP homes

- Although they live in a predominantly black community, the du Toits have been welcomed with open arms and they get along with their neighbours

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In 2009, Danie and Kotie du Toit moved from the Free State to the Limpopo village- and they have no plans to move anytime soon.

In fact, the couple have adapted to life in the rural area with locals even teaching Kotie how to "push a wheelbarrow to carry water", since there is no water supply to homes in the village.

When the du Toits arrived in GaMaepa village, near Burgersfort, they built themselves a two-bedroom shack with the social grants they receive from the government.

The Sowetan reported du Toit and his wife were among 70 families waiting for the local government to complete RDP houses.

According to reports, the government set out to built 72 RDP houses four-years-ago. However, they invested more than R200m in the embattled VBS mutual bank and since then, no progress have been made with the homes.

Du Toit said they were waiting for government to complete their unfinished RDP home, which they now use to accommodate 30 dogs.

However, Kotie said she and her hubby did not want special treatment because they're white.

"We want the government to complete all unfinished houses in the village," she added.

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Meet the Du Toits, a white couple enjoying life in a rural Limpopo village

Meet the Du Toits, a white couple enjoying life in a rural Limpopo village. Photo credit: The Sowetan/Antonio Muchave
Source: UGC

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As for how the du Toits get along with the locals, they added they could not feel more at home. learned the villagers welcomes the couple with open arms.

Their neighbour, Rosina Nkwana, said the du Toits live in harmony with the rest of the locals. She added the husband is a handy man, who would help the villagers fix their appliances and Kotie is good at knitting.

Nkwana added their white neighbours were "very humble people". The province's department of human settlement acknowledged the RDP homes were left incomplete. But, spokesperson Paena Galane said it was because of corrupt business people.

Galane added GaMaepa village has since been placed on a list and about 11 companies' contracts had been terminated.

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