LOCAL government and human settlements department MEC, Fenny Gaolaolwe met with elderly people at Robega and Simone villages in Rustenburg on Sunday.
Gaolaolwe was accompanied by North West premiers Supra Mahumapelo during her unannounced visit. She was monitoring beneficiaries of Breaking New Ground homes in Rustenburg local municipality.
She said elderly people are most vulnerable citizens. Gaolaolwe further added that the priority needed to be given to them.
“We visited several households in Robega and Rasimone villages in Rustenburg Local Municipality. Most elderly people are living in abject poverty. However we cannot allow them to continuing in such conditions. They are most vulnerable people.
“Some stay in shacks and uninhabitable houses while young and energetic people get Breaking New Grounds houses. We will continue to monitor that only those who are mostly vulnerable get prioritised,” she said.
Mahumapelo also shared the same sentiments. He urged the local and human settlements department to always make sure that elderly people received the necessary support.
“We are working together with social and local government and human settlements departments to improve your lives. As the provincial government we will ensure that you receive necessary support. No young people must occupy houses while our elderly people have nowhere to go,” Mahumapelo said.
One of the residents, Motlatsi Makhuthe, 63, of Robega village, was delighted to see the leadership of the province visiting his family. He requested the Premier and the MEC to build his family a house.
“I am so happy that you are here. I live in abject poverty and lives in a shack which I call my home. I applied for a house a long time ago and to no avails. I will be very grateful for your intervention,” Makhuthe said.
Another resident from Rasimone village, Hanse Molwane said he has also applied for a house. He said however he has not received any assistance until now.
“When it is time to sleep, I do not know if I will wake up alive in the morning. The small mud house that I am living in is dilapidating. We suffer a lot during this winter weather. We need help as soon as you can please,” Molwane.
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