Nomthandazo Mandoyi lives in a one room shack in the eMaxelegwini Informal Settlement near Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape. She also has 13 family members living with her. The entire family relies on social grants as income since no one in the family is employed in any way.
The shack does not have access to electricity or running water and is built next to a dumping site. There are also two taverns in close proximity to her shack. The family share two beds and make a fire outside to keep warm.
According to the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) child support grant is R380 per month per child in addition to Mandoyi’s R1600 per month disability grant.
News24 reports that Mandoyi has some serious medical conditions which means she has to visit a clinic once a month. Mandoyi claims that the transport to and from the clinic is R300 per trip.
Mandoyi says the family used to rent a shack nearby but had to move when the municipality cleared the land to make way for the building of RDP housing, she was not placed on the list of those being considered to receive a house.
The local ward councillor has promised to look into the plight of the family.
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