Smiles for destitute family
A COUPLE from Johannesburg have put a smile to the faces of a family that lives in a one-roomed shack on Rooigrond farm in North West.
The family of 10 survives only on Kerileng Segomelo's salary of R400 a month.
Segomelo's sister was stabbed and killed by her husband in April, leaving her to take care of her two children as well as her own five children and two grandchildren. The children, none of whom attend school, range in age from 18 months to 18 years.
On Saturday a car full of disposable nappies, groceries and bags of clothes arrived at the farm.
The couple, who did not want to be identified, said that after reading the article in Sowetan last week they could not stop thinking about the family's plight and how they were struggling to survive, especially the children.
"All of them looked so dirty in the picture and they also looked hungry. It pained us and we were touched by the situation," the couple said.
"We knew we could not do much but we felt that maybe if we could buy them clothes, soap to wash and other necessities, they would be relieved from their situation for a while."
Segomelo said it was difficult for her to feed and raise all the children on her meagre pay.
She said all she needs now is to get an RDP house and that she planned to look for another job.
She thanked the couple for their generosity.
"Let the Lord Almighty bless you dearly," she said.
"I do not know what to say, we did not have anything to eat for today, but now at least we can cook a proper meal.
"These children have never used disposal nappies. I feel like a rich person, this is great."
Last week, after Sowetan highlighted the plight of this family, the provincial social security agency registered the children for them to get birth certificates and for the older family members to have ID books.
For the coming three months the family will receive meal vouchers amounting to R1200 while waiting for their papers to be processed. - email@example.com