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Solely dependant on a social grant for survival, Keletso Nkoala has lived in a shack at Kwa-Sibi Village in Matatiele all her life. Until now.

She is now a beneficiary of a Department of Human Settlements programme for Destitute and Vulnerable Groups that seeks to prioritise and fast-track housing provision – specifically for the elderly, disabled, child-headed families and military veterans.

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Nkoala’s house was handed to her by the newly appointed Eastern Cape the MEC for Human Settlements, Babalo Madikizela.

Accepting the house, Nkoala thanked the officials and exclaimed: “All my life I have been living like an animal, in a shack that was raining. Today I feel like I belong to a society (sic).”

Madikizela also thanked the community for helping the department to identify and select Nkoala as a benefeciary.

He implored the community to be patient, wait their turn for housing delivery and accept prioritisation of the most vulnerable.

“We hear reports that gogo [Nkoala] was exposed to some abuse. We must, as the community, take the responsibility of allowing those that are more challenged than us to be the priority,” said Madikizela.

African News Agency