Soshanguve resident overjoyed on receiving new house

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The Department of Social Development together with the Collen Mashawana Foundation and the Nelson Mandela Foundations gave a new home to a resident in Soshanguve.

Mr Joseph Thabethe received keys to his new home on 15 November 2021 at a handover conducted by the Minister for Social Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, and the chairperson of the Collen Mashawana Foundation, Mr Collen Mashawana.

Minister Zulu said the COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on older persons, many of whom have unfortunately lost their lives.

“We are pleased to partner with the Collen Mashawana Foundation whose primary objective is to give back and restore the dignity of many vulnerable groups and households by providing a roof over their heads.

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“While the Foundation provides a house, ours is to make it a home by ensuring that all beneficiaries receive the necessary care and support service,” the Minister said.

Mr Thabethe was happy and got to burn his old belongings saying he does not need them anymore.

Minister Zulu was joined by the Gauteng MEC, Ms Morakane Mosupyoe, and the CEO of Nelson Mandela Foundation, Mr Sello Hatang.

The Collen Mashawana Foundation together with Afribiz Invest has built and given out over 200 new homes across the country and has a signed Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Social Development where they build homes for older people, child-headed homes, and people with disabilities.