Hope for family of 10 left homeless by storm
THERE is a glimmer of hope for a poor Mpumalanga family of 10 who have been forced to share a one-roomed shack.
Their house collapsed five months ago after a freak storm lashed the area.
Spokesman for the provincial human settlements department, Freddy Ngobe, said the family would benefit from the department's Emergency Housing Programme.
On Monday, Sowetan reported how the Mphiwe family in Lefiswane outside Marapyane are crammed into a shack they use as a dining room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom.
Following our report, the Human Settlements Department sent officials to the family to assess the extent of the damage and see how it could help.
Ngobe said the department would also investigate why the system had rejected the family's application for an RDP house, though their only working member earned R700 a month.
The family has been told that it does not qualify for an RDP house because one of its members is a state employee. He is a contract worker for the provincial roads and transport department.
The Mphiwe family have been sharing the shack since November 4 last year when a storm destroyed their four-roomed house.
Local councillor Nurse Mathabatha said the family could not be provided with temporary shelter because tents were out of stock and many other families also needed assistance.