Disabled to get own houses

THE Mpumalanga department of human settlements is building 34 user-friendly houses for people living with disabilities.

Department spokesperson Freddy Ngobe told Sowetan yesterday that people with disabilities were inconvenienced when they lived in "normal" houses.

Ngobe said 16 houses were currently under construction in Thulamahashe, near Bushbuckridge.

"Departmental research revealed that this group of people need houses with special features.," Ngobe said.

"The houses are specially designed for people with disabilities.

"They have special places where wheelchair users can simply enter without any struggle.

"All the features in this type of house were designed to suit the targeted group."

Ngobe said the department's officials had visited the beneficiaries yesterday to check if everything was going according to plan.

He said all the houses were expected to be completed by the end of next month.

Meanwhile, MEC Madala Masuku announced last week that his department would build houses for child-headed families and orphans.

He said the department had already started the process to identify and prioritise child-headed households and orphans in the province in an attempt to provide shelter for them.