By: Angie Nkuna
GIYANI- The three Mkhatswa orphans at M’ninginisi block 3 outside the town of Giyani, finally have received their 3-bedroom house. The house opening ceremony was held last Friday, 23 March 2018.
The orphans, Amukelani (23) and her two younger brothers Elijah and Vutshila used to sleep in a heart-breaking hut which was left by their mother before she died.
The 3-bedroom house has been a collective bargaining work which include Pro Max, the Department of Correctional Services through its parolee who built the house from scratch.
Mopani District Municipality (MDM) Executive Mayor, Nkakareng Rakgoale pleaded with Mopani officials to understand that Amukelani, Elijah and Vutshila aren’t adopted by her but by the municipality.
“Whoever is going to be my successor, should know that these children are Mopani District Municipality’s children,” said Rakgoale.
Rakgoale further applauded the chief for allocating Mkhatswa orphans to a new stand number following inspections by engineers that the old Mkatswa’s stand number isn’t in good condition. The hut was built beside the mountain.
“I thank Max Prof for understanding that there was something in my heart bigger than school uniform for Mopani. When we approached them they said to us, they have got R40 000. 00 only for school uniform in Mopani, and after several engagements, we had with Max Prof, they increased their helping hand to R115 000.00 which we used to build this beautiful house.
“I can’t forget the sterling job done by our brothers from correctional services, helping us to build this house without getting a cent out of it. Mr. Shivambu and Thwala, thank you so much for being in the heart of this turning sod project.
God has seen you. These days, people aren’t working for free, they work because they want to be paid, but you gentlemen, you have shown humanity throughout the project,” concluded Rakgoale.
The jubilant, Amukelani told Giyani View that MDM has been grateful for disadvantage children like her and her brothers and she is thankful for their adoption since they’re not the only orphans in the village.
“We are glad that from today (Friday) we have a new home, a beautiful house, and the fact that we are adopted by the municipality it’s a sign of relief to us knowing that even mum had died there’s someone to care of us.
“I’m in Grade 12 this year, and I’m going to work hard to further my studies in the university next year. I’m looking forward to study Bachelor of social work in 2019,” concluded Amukelani.