Long wait is over

Mayor PA Mosito celebrates after the opening of a house with Ms Johanna Majadibodu, one of the beneficiaries and Cllr T Mkansi.

Joshua Motsomane

RAPHUTI – When her name was called out loudly to receive her new house in Raphuti, the 67 year old Johanna Majadibodu said that her long wait was finally over.

The thrilled Majadibodu, who has been living in a shack in Raphuti for years, is one of the 100 people who were the first beneficiaries to be handed keys for their new RDP homes. The keys were officially handed over at a ceremony held on a rainy afternoon at Raphuti sports ground on 14 December 2011.

“It was a testimony that housing had topped the national agenda since the first democratically elected government took reins of powers in South Africa, and that in taking overall responsibility for providing houses for all,” said Mayor Patricia Mosito.

“Today serves as a testimony that we are a caring government that highly carries the hopes and aspirations of our people,” continued Mosito.

“There are still a lot of people waiting for houses. As a caring government we are still committed to that cause.” The Mayor further made an appeal to the community people to report those who sell RDP houses. “We call upon our people to refrain from buying these houses. These houses are not for sale. They are free and will remain free. These houses are only meant for those who are on the waiting list.”

One of the recipients of the house was Mr Ntebele Selokela whose shack was once gutted through by the fire.

The dream came true for Johanna Majadibodu and the other beneficiaries were made possible by Thabazimbi Local Municipality and Cooperatives Governance Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs.

Scores of Raphuti residents were at the handing over ceremony. Also there were Thabazimbi Local Municipality Mayor Patricia Mosito, Speaker BS Mothoa, councillors and officials.