finally, a family home

Moyahabo Mabeba

Moyahabo Mabeba

A life of doom and gloom ended for a destitute Limpopo family when their dream of owning a house became a reality.

Mushaisani Rampampa, 59, of Guyuni village in Mutale, has been living a hermit's life with her family.

She has been living without privacy in a dilapidated mud house with her five sons.

While multitudes are anxious about the next power cuts of electricity, to her that is of little concern.

Instead, her constant worry has been going to dangerous bushes to fetch fire wood.

Poverty remains the hallmark of her family, which survives on social grants.

But on Friday her long-cherished dream of owning a house was realised when an entourage, led by Limpopo MEC for local government and housing Maite Nkoana-Mashabane paid her a surprise visit.

Rampampa became an instant beneficiary of a project dubbed "Celebrity Build a House", an initiative launched by the department in partnership with the SABC in Limpopo and Vharanani properties.

The ceremony attracted the big shots in the broadcasting industry in the province.

The Rampampa family was not only presented with a house, but also a wheelchair for mentally handicapped and physically disabled Mulamuleli, one of her sons.

The single mother was on cloud nine as politicians, media celebrities and fellow villagers gathered at her home .

"After so many years to have a house, I can't believe this is indeed happening," Rampampa said.

"I've prayed for so long to own a house and finally God has answered my prayers.

"I must also extend my sincere gratitude to the department and SABC for presenting me with a house.

"I am also glad that the burden of carrying my son from one spot to another has been lifted because now he has a wheelchair. I am so happy for him."

As she kick-started the programme in the far northern part of the province, Nkoana-Mashabane said: "As government we will strive to uplift the lives of our citizens with this kind of initiative."

Thobela FM station manager Leuba Ramokgolo, who was part of the celebrity contingent, said: "The SABC supports government initiatives in the development of civil society.

"It is a good cause that deserves collective partnership." .