City helps distressed family into their new home

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A mom’s dream for a decent home for her paralyzed and autistic 16-year-old son was finally came true, all thanks to the interventions from City MMC for Human Settlements Cllr Lesiba Mpya and Katlehong 2 Customer Care Manager Sonya Kraai.

Miss Julia Motsoeng used to live in a cramped shack with her disabled son Tomo Motaung at Tsietsi informal settlement prior to receiving her new home at Palm Ridge.

“We lived in a flooding shack and we went to the municipality offices where we received help from Customer Care Manager Sonya Kraai and Ward 61 Councillor Philemon Nkosi. I am so grateful for the prompt assistance we received from the municipality, MMC Mpya and municipality officials.” said Motsoeng.

MMC for Human Settlements Cllr Lesiba Mpya visited the family on Friday, 12 February and handed over gifts, a wheelchair and COVID-19 hygiene pack. The family was relocated from Tsietsi informal settlement to the new housing development in Palm Ridge in December 2020.

The house has two bedrooms, a lounge, kitchen, and bathroom.

“Further to the allocation of a house, we found it necessary to assist Tomo Motaung with a wheelchair and a COVID-19 hygiene pack. People with limited mobility might have an increased risk of becoming infected with COVID-19.  They have to come into direct contact with their caregivers and family members. Severely disabled people might not able to practise preventive measures, such as hand washing, wearing of masks and social distance. They are also unable to communicate symptoms and illnesses. 

This initiative shows our commitment to work tirelessly in improving the lives of disabled and destitute people in the City of Ekurhuleni. It is also continuation of efforts to assist Toto Motaung to lead a normal life,” said MMC Mpya.

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