9 Houses. R20 000. 1 WIN­NER

Over the past nine weeks, City Press and the Na­tional Home Builders’ Reg­is­tra­tion Coun­cil (NHBRC) have picked nine wor­thy can­di­dates to en­ter the draw for the grand prize of a R20 000 DIY voucher spon­sored by the NHBRC. Now it’s over to you, our City Pres

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WEEK 7 WIN­NER: Bernard Si­laule from Hazyview, Mpumalanga. “The rea­son I de­serve to win R20 000 is be­cause I main­tain my house by wa­ter­ing my gar­den and clean­ing my paving. I make sure that the house and yard are al­ways clean. I also make sure that my plants are wa­tered. The rea­son I de­serve it is be­cause I take care of my house, yard (clean­ing the pave­ment ev­ery day) and the green grass, as well as prun­ing the trees. My fam­ily and the neigh­bour use our gar­den to take pho­tos be­cause it looks so beau­ti­ful.”

WEEK 1 WIN­NER: Le­setja Mokoele from Mohlak­eng, Rand­fontein. “I think this pro­vides enough re­sources to con­tinue with an­nual main­te­nance work on the prop­erty. I al­ways keep paint­ing and it keeps the prop­erty look­ing like a newly built house. A house taken care of cre­ates a warm home. I de­serve to win the R20 000 voucher be­cause it will as­sist in terms of ren­o­va­tions that I do ev­ery year. It will al­low us to cre­ate a warmth in the house and give our home a clean at­mos­phere. It will gen­er­ally make our home wel­com­ing and warm.”

WEEK 2 WIN­NER: Thato Koena from Cen­tu­rion, Pre­to­ria. “We en­cour­age our six-year-old to play out­side as much as pos­si­ble. This as­sists in keep­ing the house cleaner for longer. Any­thing that is bro­ken should be fixed within 48 hours, to pre­vent other prob­lems creep­ing in. Dust is a no-no; wipe fur­ni­ture each day. There are cer­tain things that do not re­quire pro­fes­sional ser­vices. This will save you money. For ex­am­ple, we do our own gar­den, paint our own walls. I would love to win R20 000 be­cause of my wife’s wish to ex­tend the kitchen cup­boards be­cause they are very small and can­not ac­com­mo­date all her kitchen ap­pli­ances. She also has other things she wants, but fi­nances do not al­low at this time. And I would love to paint my daugh­ter’s bed­room pink. We all know lit­tle girls love this colour. I think this will make her feel spe­cial and her room mag­i­cal.”

WEEK 4 WIN­NER: Daniel Vin­jwa from Ham­man­skraal, North West. “My fam­ily and I moved into this house in 2013. I live with my wife and two daugh­ters. As the man of the house, I fix any­thing that’s bro­ken, from leak­ing taps to burst pipes, and I also do the gar­den. I only call for pro­fes­sional help when a sit­u­a­tion is be­yond my con­trol. We do our laun­dry and dishes overnight. I be­lieve that I am de­serv­ing of win­ning R20 000 be­cause my fam­ily and I main­tain high clean­ing stan­dards in our home. I didn’t get a loan from any bank to build it. We keep our house clean, main­tain­able and we love our home.”

WEEK 5 WIN­NER: Stan­ley Msiza from Moretele Park, Mamelodi. “I main­tain my thatched-roof house by ap­ply­ing wood var­nish to all my wooden win­dow frames and doors. This hap­pens ev­ery six months so that they look shiny and new all the time. I en­sure that I per­son­ally man­i­cure the lawn and lol­ly­pop trees. This hap­pens ev­ery two weeks dur­ing sum­mer and once a month dur­ing win­ter. I ap­ply rel­e­vant com­post and fer­tilis­ers on my lawn and flow­ers, and wa­ter my gar­den us­ing col­lected rain wa­ter. I think I should win R20 000 so that I can con­trib­ute to a greener en­vi­ron­ment in or­der to mit­i­gate the neg­a­tive ef­fects of cli­mate change. I will also use some of the money for the com­mu­nity project.”

WEEK 8 WIN­NER: Si­bongile Tsha­bal­ala from Vosloorus, Ekurhu­leni. “My house is face brick so it does not need too much at­ten­tion. We paint our win­dow frames, doors and in­side walls ev­ery three years. I wa­ter my gar­den and take good care of it, and I have so­lar lights to save on elec­tric­ity. It looks beau­ti­ful and mod­ern, es­pe­cially at night with those lights. Win­ning this R20 000 will al­low me to ex­tend my bed­room and add a bath­room.

WEEK 6 WIN­NER: Ni­cholas Sgudu from Eluk­wa­tini, Mpumalanga. “I al­ways try to wa­ter the grass when wa­ter is avail­able, to keep it green, as we live in a dry province. Clean­ing the yard and wash­ing the win­dows once a week keep my house and the area around it clean. I try to fix ev­ery bro­ken item in and out­side the house to keep it man­aged and in good con­di­tion. I de­serve to win R20 000 be­cause with this money I will be able to ren­o­vate my house for my chil­dren, for them to live in a home that is in good con­di­tion and which will be safe for them.” WEEK 9 WIN­NER: Phil Mahuma from Mid­lands Es­tate, Mid­stream, Gaut­eng. “My house is a sin­gle storey and there­fore easy to reach and main­tain. Last year I painted the front wall my­self. I have also learnt to re­pair mi­nor wall cracks. I do all the gar­den­ing. I de­serve to win R20 000 be­cause 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 veg­etable beds to im­prove wa­ter re­ten­tion and to pre­vent soil ero­sion. I do a lit­tle bit ev­ery day; all the bits put to­gether make a big dif­fer­ence and I have fun while do­ing it! Gain as much knowl­edge as pos­si­ble (be in­ter­ested; ask ques­tions; read man­u­fac­tur­ers’ in­struc­tions; ex­per­i­ment cre­atively; do re­search on the in­ter­net and read books; lis­ten to ra­dio pro­grammes on DIY on Satur­day morn­ings!). I would like to win it.

WEEK 3 WIN­NER: Mat­lombe Col­bert from Hazyview, Mpumalanga. “I main­tain my home by cut­ting the grass and wa­ter­ing the flow­ers, as well as paint­ing the garage doors to look new al­ways. The rea­son I should win the R20 000 is be­cause I take care of the house with­out con­sid­er­ing where it is lo­cated be­cause we live in a ru­ral area where wa­ter is scarce. I plant trees, cut my grass, teach my chil­dren how to clean the house and ev­ery day it looks smart. Peo­ple copy what I do in my house and do it in their houses too.”

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