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State comes to orphans' rescue

By unknown | Mar 16, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alfred Moselakgomo

Alfred Moselakgomo

A destitute family of seven in Mpumalanga has received a government low-cost house.

The Hlatshwayo family of Driekoppies near Malelane in Nkomazi was identified in need by social workers who alerted the provincial housing department to their plight.

"We engaged local contractors to donate a house," said department spokesperson Simphiwe Kunene.

"The contractors obliged and went further by donating furniture and connecting electricity as well," he said.

The seven orphans, who lost their parents in 2004, lived in abject poverty in a shack that was on the verge of collapsing .

Social workers have been providing food parcels to the children, aged between 2 and 26.

They will also assist with the applications for child grants.

Acting head of department Cyril Dlamini thanked the local contractors for committing themselves to helping the poor live a better life.

Dlamini further urged communities to explore all government channels to access services.

He said social workers, community development workers, ward committees and councillors, among others, were critical structural arrangements the state had in place to help various communities.


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