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The Gauteng department of housing has brought smiles and joy to two pensioners in Evaton on the Vaal.
Christopher Segole, 78, and neighbour Morris Mashoshoane, 73, cried tears of joy when they were handed their new houses by MEC Nomvula Mokonyane on Friday.
The two elderly men have been living in their parents' dilapidated houses for decades. Segole said he had lost all hope of one day occupying a house of his own.
"I never dreamt of having a house but now I have one thanks to the government that has built me one," Segole said.
Mashoshoane said: "At least now my grandchildren will occupy this house when I am gone. The provincial government has given them a good inheritance."
The houses are part of the multi-million rand Evaton Renewal Project spearheaded by Mokonyane's department.
Mokonyane said the project was aimed at bringing development and improvements into the lives of many in Evaton.
She also unveiled four waste trucks for Emfuleni municipality and 45000 rubbish bins to be distributed to residents.
Mokonyane also officially opened the upgraded TshepoThemba Hall and Mafatsane Thusong service centre.
The Thusong centre will house the departments of social development, labour and home affairs.