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Mother and son receive new house
​Jabulisiwe Majola is counting the days before she and her son
can move out of the old dilapilated house, on the left, into her
new house, on the right.

A TINY one-room house with a leaking roof currently serves as a bedroom, kitchen, lounge and bathroom for Jabulisiwe Majola, 38, and her 19-year-old son, stripping them of their privacy and dignity.

However, that is soon going to change as the family of two is awaiting the completion of their four-room house being constructed under the KwaXimba Phase 1 Project which will benefit 64 families in ward one.

Majola said apart from the inconvenience of having to share such a tiny space with her son, they also have to seek shelter from neighbours every time there are strong winds or rain because of the ramshackle state of the house. “I am not employed and there is no way I would have been able to build a house as decent as the one. I am so grateful. If I could, I would fast-forward the time so that we can move in, I cannot wait to live like a normal person,” said Majola.

Ward one Councillor Bongumusa Mkhize said the project started a month ago and for the first time in the ward, beneficiaries will be receiving houses fully fitted with all necessities. “The project seeks to provide our residents with safe and reliable shelter and all 64 houses will have inside toilets, ceiling boards, full plumbing and electricity and will also be installed with water tanks to harvest rain water,” said Councillor Mkhize.

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