Early Xmas for mom

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - METRO - MPUMI KIVA

VUYOKAZI Makhetha is look­ing for­ward to spend­ing Christ­mas in a de­cent home for the first time.

For years she has been liv­ing for in a tin shack in the Ramaphosa in­for­mal set­tle­ment in Ge­orge.

The 54-year-old said life in a brick house has been an eye-opener for her and her two chil­dren who now have ac­cess to elec­tric­ity, clean wa­ter and hab­it­able san­i­ta­tion.

She is ex­cited to in­vite her rel­a­tives and fam­ily members for the first time in 20 years to her home that she can be proud of.

Al­though she is now liv­ing in a suit­able en­vi­ron­ment, she says she misses the unity among res­i­dents in the in­for­mal set­tle­ment.

“In the shack land, peo­ple have a com­mon prob­lem and are able to tackle them through unity and are al­ways there to pro­tect one an­other’s prop­erty from crim­i­nals”.

Makhetha is one of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries who were moved into new houses in Protea Park un­der the Up­grad­ing ln­for­mal Set­tle­ment pro­gramme in Ge­orge.

This week, the mother-of-two spoke of how she was hes­i­tant of her fam­ily vis­it­ing her while she lived in a shack be­fore mov­ing into her new ad­dress.

She moved to the in­for­mal set­tle­ment af­ter she could not af­ford the rent of a back­yard wendy house.

“It’s em­bar­rass­ing liv­ing in a small shack with your chil­dren, be­cause the shack was so small I couldn’t even move freely,” she ex­plained.

Makhetha also said that ever since she oc­cu­pied her new home she has slept peace­fully.

“Fi­nally, I have an ad­dress of my own and I am now ready to in­vite my rel­a­tives for Christ­mas and New Year be­cause the house is spa­cious and has a toi­let in­side.

“I don’t need to tell peo­ple to go out­side and use the com­mu­nal toi­let,” she said.

THE 30th Christ­mas car­ols in Kirstenbosch Na­tional Botan­i­cal Gar­dens will take place from Thurs­day to Sun­day, start­ing at 6pm.

MPUMI KIVA

VUYOKAZI Makhetha, right, re­ceives the keys to her new home.|

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