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​2011-12-06: Christmas comes early for the family of 13

CHRISTMAS arrived early for the destitute and unemployed family of 13 in White City, Soweto, yesterday when they received the keys to their newly extended house from the City of Johannesburg.

Thanks to the public-private partnership between the City of Joburg and Ikhaya Future House  Management construction company, the three bedroom house was extended with another external bedroom for the family to use.

The keys of the newly built bedroom were handed to the family by City of Johannesburg's Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Health and Human Development, Councilor Nonceba Molwele and her counterpart; MMC for Housing councilor Dan Bovu.

Cllr Molwele said the house was given as part of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children.

"The family which is receiving the house today is one of many families we have identified in our database as a destitute family and needing help. I'm really overwhelmed that we are able to give this family a house especially at the time when we are celebrating 16 days of activism for no violence against women, children and disabled. This family is most deserving because they are destitute and have disabled children," said Molwele.

The extended house was built by a company owned by women, Soweto Women In Construction which was subcontracted by Ikhaya Future House Management.

Cllr Bovu said he was looking forward to more public-private partnerships of this nature, where the poor can live in proper housing and at the same time women companies in construction be empowered.

The excited beneficiary of the house, Lesega Dladla, 61, said she was relieved that finally her family will have enough space to sleep in.

"I'm so excited that my children and grandchildren will now have an extra-bedroom to sleep in," said Dladla.

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City of Joburg

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