The newly constructed house in Ndwedwe, which is to be the home of Mrs Ngcobo and her family.
Mrs P Ngcobo is an 86-year-old resident of Ndwedwe, just north of Tongaat, who has lived in a dilapidated hut for most of her long life, sharing the living space with her granddaughter and two grandchildren.
On Saturday, deputy minister of Social Development, Bogopane Zulu, MEC Sihle Zikalala, members of the the Al-Imdaad Foundation and government officials came together to provide a home for the aging woman and her family.
It was an exciting morning as members of the community gathered to witness the handover and congratulate the Ngcobo family.
MEC Zikalala and other guest speakers from government departments and the Al-Imdaad Foundation addressed the community and the happy family before leading them into the new home.
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The Al-Imdaad Foundation is a South African-based non-profit relief organisation dedicated to providing humanitarian services in crisis and non-crisis situations.
Mrs P Ngcobo received a new walking cane from a member of the Al-Imdaad foundation.
The organisation is one of those that has aided in the construction of the house through sponsorship of building some of the materials as well as contributing toward care packages that were handed out to residents of the community.
The care packages included groceries, blankets and other necessities for the needy community of Ndwedwe.
The house is fully functional and constructed to government requirements featuring running water and other necessities.
It has been constructed close to her family within her existing community to improve her quality of life without removing her from the community she has always known.
Deputy minister Bogopane said, “When I first met Mrs Ngcobo through MEC Sihle Zikalala, I had to find a way to help her.”
Bogopane then partnered with the Al-Imdaad Foundation and government in ensuring a new home for the elderly woman.
Mrs Ngcobo said, “I am thankful for this house, it will make life better for me, my granddaughter and her children. I must give a big thank you to government and the organisations that made it possible for my family and I to live in this beautiful house, our new home.”