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The family of the late gogo NonzimaLizzie Magamle said their dream of owning a decent house they can call home has come true. This after they received a fully furnished new home from MEC of Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlements, Ms Nonkqubela Pieters in Makanda recently.

The matriarch of the family, Magamle sadly passed away at the golden age of 105 while her house was under construction, leaving a legacy for her family to live under better conditions. The family was living in a dilapidated shack in Extension 6. “This is an emotional day for us, it was our mother’s and our dream to have a better house, but it is also sad that she is no longer with us to see what we are seeing today,” said Vuyokazi Skeyi, Magamle’s daughter. The family could not hold back tears when they entered their new home.

The house was built through a collaborative effort with MMS Construction, who sponsored the house and furniture to the family. The Department is also prioritising the destitute and other vulnerable groups, focusing on the elderly, disabled, child headed families and military veterans.

MEC Pieters has given a directive to municipalities to reprioritise their lists for houses to focus on the neediest. “We cannot start with the youth whilst the elderly need houses. The limited budget prevents us from building for everyone who wants a house, but now to rather focus on those who need houses.”