Gogo builds own home after waiting on government for 20 years

Gogo builds own home after waiting on government for 20 years

- An elderly lady applied for an RDP house in 1998 and she is still on the waiting list

- The fed-up grandmother of two decided to take matters into her owns hands and she built herself a Wendy house

- The dwelling consists of a small kitchen, a sitting room and a large bedroom

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A grandmother of two, Gloria Matebe, has grown fed-up with waiting on the government. She applied for an RDP house and has been on the waiting list since 1998.

Matebe - who hails from GG Camp informal settlement, Oudtshoorn - decided that after two decades she would take matters into her own hands. She spent half a year building herself a Wendy house using discarded pieces of timber.

Matebe said she never thought she'd be waiting for an RDP house till this day. Briefly.co.za learned Matebe applied for a house when her daughters were still young.

Gogo builds own home after waiting on government for 20 years

Photo credit: Mpumi Kiva/GroundUp.
Source: UGC

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According to GroundUP - who published the article originally - Matebe started construction in July last year with the help of two young men.

The Wendy house has a small kitchen, a sitting room and a large bedroom, in which one can store three single beds.

People living in the informal settlement often collect wood from a nearby dumpsite to make fires due to the lack of electricity.

However, Matebe collected the wood to make her home and she shares it with her daughter and two grandkids.

Matebe said she took matters into her own hands because she could not stand living in a shack one more day.

She was quoted saying:

“l am getting old and l felt l couldn’t wait for a government subsidy any longer. I built this bungalow out of frustration. l wanted to spend Christmas in a more secure environment than a shack.”

Because her house is made of wood, Matebe cooks outside to prevent herself from accidentally setting fire to her new crib.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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