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By unknown | 2007-02-20 00:00:00.0

Canaan Mdletshe

In just seven days Sonosiphi Zulu, 52, will experience life inside a brick home with running water and a flushing toilet.

Zulu, of KwaHlabisa in Zululand, and her family have lived their entire life in two rondavels with no basic services such as running water and electricity.

But when KwaZulu-Natal housing MEC Mike Mabuya-khulu launched a R37million housing project, her life was turned around. Under the project, 1000 houses will be built and Zulu and her family will be the first to get a decent home.

When her mother died, Zulu was left with 14 siblings who all shared the two rondavels they called home.

"Life has been so difficult. When it rains, we all squash together in one of the rondavels and pray that nothing happens," she said.

She said having a proper home is a dream come true.

"I will go church and thank the Lord Almighty for answering our prayers. For the first time in my entire life I will have a house of my own.

"If I die today I will rest knowing that my children and grandchildren have a home of their own," she said.

Mabuyakhulu said R1,8billion has been spent by his department to build better houses for the poorest in the province.

"We have reached a milestone by being the first province in the country to have built 500000 houses, which is a quarter of the national statistics," Mabuyakhulu said.

Last month, Mabuyakhulu said that R85million would be spent to rebuild homes affected by heavy storms in December and January.