Volksrust community celebrates new housing project

The minister for human settlements, Mmamoloko Kubayi, and the Mpumalanga MEC for human settlements, Speedy Mashilo


31-07-2023
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Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi said she is pleased with the project’s progress and the work done by MEC Speedy Mashilo.



The minister for human settlements, Mmamoloko Kubayi, and the Mpumalanga MEC for human settlements, Speedy Mashilo, led the official opening of a housing project in Vukuzakhe B in Dr Pixley Ka Isaka Seme Local Municipality on July 21.



The residents and beneficiaries came out in their numbers to witness this, and were celebrating the new development in their community.



On the day, Mashilo and Kubayi started by handing over a house to Juana Ngwenya (71).



During the event, Ngwenya could not hide her excitement to finally get a fully furnished house, as she previously had a mud house.



“I am so happy to finally receive my house after waiting for so long. I now have a place I can call my own. This will be a home for my daughter and my grandchildren too,” said Ngwenya.



Afterwards, they headed to the multipurpose community centre in Vukuzakhe, where 105 title deeds were given to beneficiaries.



According to Kubayi, she is pleased with the project’s progress and the work done by Mashilo, allowing diversity in the project in terms of allowing women to be involved in construction, a field that is dominated by man.



“I want to thank the MEC for supporting women in construction, because we emphasise a lot about diversity, especially if I see women like Thuli Mashile, the owner of a construction company. She currently has done about 250 houses in this project. I am glad that Mpumalanga is one of the frontrunners that is involving women in construction, which is still a challenge to other provinces. This is because, as the government, our aim is to build a society that is equal,” said Kubayi



She emphasised the importance of the department’s intervention in rural areas.



“The department is not only focusing on urbanisation and urban areas, but thinking about rural areas, too. They are going deep into the rural areas and understanding the needs of the community.”



Kubayi urge the housing recipients to refrain from selling their houses or using their title deeds as collateral for loans from unethical lenders.



Mashilo said there is still much work that needs to be done to make sure that the project is completed, especially the houses that are not yet completed, since this project has 500 units.

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