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76 New Houses given to Kimberley residents

Jubilation filled the air during the official handover of 76 indigent families in Lindelani just outside Galeshwe recently.

The houses were built by 90 youth volunteers following a national youth service program launched by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in June.

The project which is rotating countrywide was in the Northern Cape is dedicated to the 1976 Youth uprisings. 

The partnership between the all three spheres of government was attended by deputy Minister for Human Settlements Zou Kota-Fredericks, Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas and NYDA deputy chair Kenny Morolong. 

One of the Volunteers Lehlohonolo Molale (23) said they had embarked into the program without any benefits.

"We even had to endure troubles with getting food from government partners”

"However we are happy that we have done our bit towards community service, my message to the youth is do not ask what SA can do for you, rather what you can do for your country" he said.

The program also engenders patriotism and skills development among youths says Morolong.

An elated Sarah Meas (64) said although she will not break down her shack she was happy to have received a proper house and escape unbearable weather conditions like yesterdays storm which damaged some of her furniture.  

The houses are which are 40 square metres big also boasts disability friendly toilets.

Wheel chair bound Frans Hontley (46) complained that new furniture was given to politically connected people over him who has to survive on a meagre disability grant (R1, 350.00).

"I am just relieved that I would be able to use toilets in the comfort of my home, I like the steel in there it will enable me to have a grip when I use the toilet"

"I will however still have the burden of buying pre-paid electricity" he said

Corobrick also built one house worth R110.000 in the 14 year old informal settlement

"We are of the view that we should not only contribute towards building houses (structure) but also build home"

"With this we are bringing the suburb to the townships"

Said commercial director Musa shangase .

According to Shangashe the house is energy efficient and makes cool in summer and warm in winter because it was built through a double skin wall.

"You do not have to use a heater to generate heat"

Human settlements' Isaac Skosana said they were not responsible for furniture "We cannot tell the sponsors what to donate" he said   

Premier Lucas hailed the project as a huge success by all three spheres of Government.

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