CoGH­STA hands over houses to the el­derly on Youth Month

African Times - - News - MASHUDU SADIKE

Depart­ment of Co-op­er­a­tive Gov­er­nance, Hu­man Set­tle­ments and Tra­di­tional Af­fairs (CoGH­STA) in Lim­popo brought joy to three el­derly res­i­dents of Nance­field in Musina Lim­popo when they handed over RDP houses as part of Youth Month cel­e­bra­tions.

CoGH­STA, Na­tional Depart­ment of Hu­man Set­tle­ment and the Musina Mu­nic­i­pal­ity in the Vhembe Dis­trict have part­nered on an an­nual Youth Build pro­gram aimed at sen­si­tis­ing the youth on the ef­fects of drug use. The pro­gram also tack­les the hous­ing back­log by hand­ing over RDP houses to those in need.

This is a part­ner­ship project of the Depart­ment of Hu­man Set­tle­ment with sec­tor stake­hold­ers, it is hosted an­nu­ally in one or more provinces to com­mem­o­rate the Youth Month

Youth Build en­tails con­struc­tion of hous­ing units for the vul­ner­a­ble and marginal­ized groups such as the el­derly, peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, women car­ing for or­phans and vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren.

Speak­ing on be­half of CoGH­STA MEC Jerry Ndou, Chair­per­son of the Port­fo­lio Com­mit­tee on CoGH­STA, Mok­gadi Aphiri, said that youth par­tic­i­pa­tion in the econ­omy through hu­man set­tle­ments pro­grams gives young peo­ple a chance in life.

“The triple chal­lenges of poverty, in­equal­ity and unem­ploy­ment con­tinue to be a chal­lenge in the coun­try even though gov­ern­ment is do­ing ev­ery­thing to make sure that an en­abling en­vi­ron­ment is achieved for cit­i­zens to im­prove their lives,” she said.

She added that lack of skills where job and eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties exit, proved to be a huge chal­lenge, men­tion­ing that the youth char­ter states an im­por­tance in train­ing young peo­ple in dis­ci­plines where op­por­tu­ni­ties were avail­able.

For the 2018 Lim­popo Youth Build, the el­derly ben­e­fi­cia­ries for the first time re­ceived keys to their houses that are plas­tered with painted in­te­rior and ex­te­rior, cob­bling on the win­dows, cur­tain rails and cur­tains. The houses will also in­clude pol­ished floors and tiled floors. The Na­tional Depart­ment of Hous­ing is said to de­liver fur­ni­ture for the houses.

One of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries, 81 year old Koko Elisa Mok­wena, who has two de­pen­dants count­ing on her old age grant, could not hide her ju­bi­la­tion af­ter re­ceiv­ing her house.

“I used to live in my son’s shack with my two grand­chil­dren. I am re­lieved be­cause I ap­plied for an RDP house 30 years ago with no progress at all, see­ing this hap­pen­ing now brings me joy,” said Koko Elisa with a smile.

Musina Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Mayor, Mihloti Muhlophe thanked the ef­forts of CoHGSTA and the DHS say­ing that it was ex­em­plary to com­mu­nity mem­bers to sup­port the older gen­er­a­tion.

“This pro­gram also deals with the is­sue of drug abuse and en­gages the young peo­ple about drugs and that the South African Po­lice Services (SAPS) will take charge and ar­rests those that deal with drugs in our schools,” she con­cluded.

Photo: Mashudu Sadike

OVER THE MOON: Res­i­dents of Musina re­ceive houses from Lim­popo COGH­STA Of­fi­cials.

Photo: Mashudi Sadike.

OVER­JOYED: A res­i­dent of Nance­field Town­ship in Musina thanks a Cogh­sta of­fi­cial for hand­ing her a house.

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