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
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.”