Witsand: 91-Year-Old Woman Gets a New House
Last week, on 13 May, the Minister of Human Settlements in the Western Cape, Minister Bonginkosi Madikizela, handed over ten show houses to Witsand community members.
The community consists of around 2 200 families who have been living in the area since 1980 and, when completed, there will be 952 housing units. The project is a PHP (People's Housing Process), in which the community takes an active role in constructing the houses.
The houses are resource efficient and come with solar-powered water heaters. "This project speaks directly to our strategic direction to use resources efficiently. It is exactly what we want to see with the money we spent," said Minister Madikizela.
Most of the beneficiaries were the elderly, the oldest being born in 1921. Handing over the keys, Minister Madikizela said, "as we continue building homes, we restore the dignity of our people. We give houses to the people who most deserve them".
Minister Madikizela praised the efforts of the local community in building the houses. "The success of the project is because of your efforts," said Minister Madikizela.