LADYSMITH – Premier of KwaZulu Natal Willies Mchunu today handed over a brand new fully furnished home to Mrs Rehaana Shaik of Acaciaville.
Mrs Shaik, who lives with her grandson, was recently kicked out of rented accommodation because she could not pay.
At 50 she has no education, and her only source of income is a social grant.
As part of provincial govenment's ground-breaking Operation Sukuma Sakhe, communities of KwaZulu Natal are profiled down to ward level. Once their priority needs are identified, the community must also be part of solutions through regular engagement facilitated by champions at ward, district and provincial level.
Premier Mchunu is the political champion assigned to UThukela District and today certainly transformed the lives of Mrs Shaik and her grandson. Premier Mchunu handed over the keys to a brand new fully furnished house that for the first time in their lives they will call their own.
Premier Mchunu is also leading renovations to the dilapidated house of late Ben Ntuli the struggle stalwart whose family lives poverty stricken in Nkanyezi, Colenso. Ben Ntul's house is ironically in Ben Ntuli street, so named in recognition of his massive contribution to the struggle alongside the well-known political firebrand Alfred Duma after whom the local municipality is named. Mr Ntuli’s family of 09 has no income other than from social grants with no one employed..
The call for government intervention in these cases was identified by MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Sihle Zikalala and MEC for Human Settlements Ravi Pillay during their deployment on Operation Sukuma Sakhe Cabinet Day in 2016.
The KwaZulu Natal Office of The Premier has partnered with the Department of Human Settlements, Al Imdaad Foundation and Ayona Construction to deliver these projects.
Today’s activities by Premier Mchunu form part of 100 years of Tata Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu who are being celebrated in 2018 for their life-long contribution to the betterment of humanity, transforming lives and giving dignity to the poor and the downtrodden.
Congratulating the beneficiaries Premier Mchunu said ultimately, the struggle was about bringing back dignity to all regardless of race, colour, class or religion.
"As government our duty is to do everything in our power to help our citizens enjoy the benefits of our democracy. There must be shelter for.all, there must be dignity for all. Today's event is also a clear commitment to the project of unity, renewal and social cohesion as articulated by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
As government we have collaborated with the Al Imdaad Foundation and Ayona Construction to deliver these projects. The need is dire but working together we can resolve all the problems of our communities, province and country'", said Mchunu.
Issued by the KwaZulu Natal Office of The Premier