In a resolute move aimed at improving the living conditions of its residents, the North West province is set to bid farewell to all mud houses. North West Acting Premier, Nono Maloyi, announced this ambitious initiative during the commemoration of Nelson Mandela International Day in Rustenburg Local Municipality.
The commitment to eradicate mud houses comes as a response to the pressing need for dignified housing for many North West citizens living in substandard conditions. Premier Maloyi emphasized that this initiative would be a significant step toward restoring the dignity of the province’s most vulnerable and marginalized communities.
The occasion of Nelson Mandela International Day saw the heartwarming handover of a house to a deserving resident in the Chaneng village. Bakang Peter Mahlangu (52), who is the sole survivor of his family, had been enduring life in a dilapidated shack for numerous years. However, thanks to the generosity of a good Samaritan who utilized alternative technology methods to construct the house, Mahlangu’s life has taken a transformative turn.
Overwhelmed with gratitude, Mahlangu expressed his feelings, saying, “I’ve lived in a shack for many years and never thought I will own such a beautiful house. Today my prayers have been answered. I am a happy man and this house will heal all the pain and suffering that I went through. I can’t thank the government enough.”
The government’s commitment to improving living conditions for its citizens does not stop at housing alone. Accompanying the Acting Premier, MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development, Desbo Mohono, took part in providing support for food security in the community. Mahlangu and other members of the Chaneng village received goats and implements for food gardens as part of the government’s ongoing efforts to address food insecurity.
Celebrated under the theme “It is in Your Hands,” this year’s Nelson Mandela International Day resonates strongly with Acting Premier Maloyi’s vision of transforming the province. Recognizing the hazards posed by mud houses, particularly during rainy weather, Premier Maloyi has tasked the Human Settlements Department with an urgent mission to eradicate them.
Speaking about the dangers of mud houses, Premier Maloyi asserted, “Mud houses are not safe; they can collapse, injure, or even kill our people.” He stressed the importance of prioritizing safety and security for the residents of the province, particularly those who are most vulnerable to the adverse effects of inadequate housing.
The initiative to eradicate mud houses aligns with the North West province’s commitment to improving the overall quality of life for its citizens. By providing safer and more dignified living conditions, the government aims to uplift communities and promote inclusive economic growth.
The eradication of mud houses represents a significant stride toward achieving better living standards for all, especially those in need. It is a testament to the government’s dedication to financial services, credit, lending, personal finance, motor vehicles, insurances, and banking, as improving housing conditions can have a profound impact on individual financial stability and overall economic development.
As the province embarks on this transformative journey, the North West community eagerly anticipates witnessing the positive changes that will undoubtedly result from the eradication of mud houses. The commitment of Acting Premier Nono Maloyi sends a powerful message of hope and progress to the people of North West, proving that the path to a brighter and more secure future is, indeed, in their hands.