Afrisam, in collaboration with the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), the Department of Human Settlements, and the Department of Health and Social Development, successfully handed over 15 low-cost houses on October 31. These houses, situated in Mackenzieville, were dedicated to disabled and youth-headed household beneficiaries.
Gilbert Motlatla graced the event with his presence. Motlatla, the programme director of the day and Head of Department for the Department of Health and Social Development, expressed, “It’s been a long time coming.” He elaborated on the lengthy process that began in 2016 and conveyed gratitude for finally handing over the homes to those who had waited patiently.
The low-cost housing units, designed with unique features to accommodate disabled beneficiaries, were painted on Mandela Day. Mayor Sivuyile Ngodwana and the CoE’s mayoral committee supported the Mandela Day initiative.
Mayor Ngodwana appreciated Afrisam’s diligent work in partnership with the city, making constructing these houses possible. He thanked all stakeholders involved in the project.
Representatives from Afrisam, the DMRE, various committee leaders, the identified beneficiaries, and their families attended the handover ceremony. Glenn Johnson, the executive of construction materials and operations at Afrisam, stressed the company’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and encouraged other companies to join hands in building a more inclusive society.
Addressing the beneficiaries, the MMC of Human Settlement, Masele Madihlabe, warned against the temptation to sell the houses due to their value. He stated, “When I come back in a few months, I want to see the same beneficiaries living in their houses, not tenants or other relatives.” Madihlabe also urged the guardians of those who cannot care for themselves not to exploit the beneficiaries’ conditions by selling their houses.
During the ceremony, Afrisam officially handed over the keys to the 15 houses to the beneficiaries.
Picture: Facebook / City of Ekurhuleni
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