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By unknown | Mar 11, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alfred Moselakgomo

Alfred Moselakgomo

It is said life starts at 40 - but for a 111-year-old Mpuma- langa man it has started a lot later. But Johannes Mofokeng, is still thankful for it.

The provincial government has just handed him keys to his new home.

Mokoena of Matibidi village near Graskop, who has lived in a mud hut for most of his life, could not hold back the tears on Saturday when he received his new RDP house.

The gesture of a gift of a house is set to end years of struggling for a man with seven children.

"I would like to thank everybody who made my dream of having a decent home possible," Mokoena said.

Mokoena, who lived with his 60-year-old son Peter in the mud hut, was moved to the new house after the official handing over by housing MEC Candith MashegoDlamini.

She was accompanied by safety and security MEC Fish Mahlalela.

During the ceremony, Mashego-Dlamini pleaded for community support for the old man and urged family members to look after him.

"Community structures such as NGOs can assist in helping communities to curb crime and abuse," she said.

The wheelchair-bound Mokoena is "healthy" and lives a normal life in the care of his son.

He has been a farmworker and hotel waiter around Pilgrim's Rest and Daveyton.

The old man was identified by Dientjie police commissioner Queen Mbuyane on his 110th birthday.

In 2007 the local police station organised a birthday party for him and realised he needed proper shelter.

Consultation between the station commissioner and Department of Local Government and Housing paid off, and Mokoena is now a proud homeowner.


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