- The KZN Department of Transport shared details of how government built a new home for an impoverished family
- The Hluhluwe cost centre were informed of a family of 12 who were forced to share a dilapidated 1-bedroom house
- None of the adults were employed, but the cost centre management and staff combined to build them a new house and secured employment for one of the family members
The KZN Department of Transport shared some amazing news of how government was able to come to the aid of a family in need.
While participating in the Mandela Day programme in 2018, Hluhluwe cost centre officials became aware of the Mathonsi family who were in dire need of assistance.
The family of 12 found themselves living in horrific conditions following the death of their parents.
They shared a 1-bedroom house which lacked windows, had a leaking roof and a wall that was falling apart.
Briefly.co.za learnt that the family is made up of five adults and seven children, but none of the adults were working.
The Cost Centre management and staff decided to combine their efforts and purchased school uniforms for two of the children and started a vegetable garden.
Determined to make a substantial impact, the team agreed to build the family a new home, with the help of a local builder.
They also secured employment for one of the adults through the Zibambele poverty alleviation program.
The team kept their promise and recently handed over the keys to the new home – as revealed via the Facebook page of the KZN Department of Transport.
Head of the household, Bekisile Mathonsi, expressed the family’s gratitude: “I am so grateful for what the Department of Transport, Hluhluwe has done for us since last year. Today’s event fills my eyes with tears when I look at this new house that we’ll be living in from now on. Fully furnished house with beds in all the rooms, wardrobes, it’s unbelievable! When our parents passed on, we became orphans and were basically on our own. We also like to thank God the Almighty for touching the hearts of the staff who have contributed from their own pockets in order to do this project. May God bless each and every one of them and their families.”
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