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MEC Makhurupetje and First Lady Mathabatha hands over a house to a needy family

By: Maano Nekhavhambe and Rirhanzu Nkobyane

The MEC for Co-Operative Governance Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), Mme Makoma Makhurupetje in partnership with the first lady in the province, Mme Margaret Mathabatha handed over a house to Mme Maria Monama, a 52-year-old domestic worker heading a family of four children and four grandchildren. The house was presented to the recipient to mark the National Women’s Day month at Mahwelereng outside Mokopane.


Prior to this life changing initiative, MmeMonama used to stay in a one bedroomed RDP house at Mahwelereng Ext 17 which was provided to her by the Human Settlement Subsidy Programme.


After entering a competition called House Help Luncheon, Mme Monama was crowned as the winner of a brand-new house. Her living conditions touched the competition officials and swung a pendulum in her favour. However, the donor of the house could not fulfil the promise of building the house.

It was through MEC Makhurupetje’s request for donations from potential donors that led to Zorah Khan Developers raising their hand and committing to extend Mme Monama’s previous house into a two-bedroomed house with a kitchen and a sitting room and allowed her to inhabit a dignified home.

Mme Mathabatha emphasised that she was deeply touched when she learned about the Monama family’s living conditions and ensured that relevant stakeholders are mobilized so that they can have a place they can proudly call a home.

MEC Makhurupetje extended her gratitude to all the sponsors and also stated that CoGHSTA will not rest until all citizens have proper shelter. She also acknowledged that she is aware that there are many families in similar conditions who need homes all over the province and it is upon individuals, government, civil society and business to help these families by making positive contributions.

Nine members of the Monama household will no longer share a single bedroom but will now enjoy the luxury of preparing a meal inside their newly built kitchen unlike in the past where they used to cook outside. 

The proud beneficiary, Mme Monama thanked the Limpopo Provincial Government and all the sponsors who made it possible for her to have a well-built and dignified structure to call home.