Our fi­nal weekly win­ner!

CityPress - - Careers -

The fi­nal win­ner in the weekly com­pe­ti­tion is Phil Mahuma, who lives in Mid­lands Es­tate, Mid­stream, Gaut­eng.

He says: “My house is just one storey, so it is there­fore easy to main­tain. Last year, I painted the front wall my­self. I have also learnt to re­pair mi­nor wall cracks. I do all the gar­den­ing.

“Noth­ing goes to waste; I re­cy­cle grey wa­ter and re­use grass and other cut­tings, and peels from the kitchen.

“I even use news­pa­pers em­bed­ded in the lawn and the vegetable beds to im­prove wa­ter re­ten­tion and to pre­vent soil ero­sion.”

Mahuma’s best tips for look­ing af­ter your house are:

1. Do a lit­tle bit ev­ery day, all the bits put to­gether make a big dif­fer­ence, and have fun while do­ing it!

2. Gain as much knowl­edge as pos­si­ble. Be in­ter­ested, ask ques­tions, read man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions, ex­per­i­ment cre­atively, do re­search on the in­ter­net and read books, and lis­ten to ra­dio pro­grammes on DIY on Satur­day morn­ings.

Next week, we will be ask­ing read­ers to vote for their favourite weekly win­ner, who will take home the grand prize in this com­pe­ti­tion of R20 000 to spend on home main­te­nance.

This com­pe­ti­tion is run in partnership with the Na­tional Home Builders’ Reg­is­tra­tion Coun­cil.

OA­SIS Phil Mahuma’s home in Mid­stream

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