Early Xmas for mom
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.
VUYOKAZI Makhetha, right, receives the keys to her new home.|