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New home for Duncan Village woman

The exodus from shacks to a descent home for a mother of two brought relieve and happiness to the family. This is a result of a project by Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality Human Settlement Department to redevelop the Duncan Village by relocating residents who formally lived informal settlements into new descent homes.

Ndileka Mwezeni moved to her new house at the beginning of June after 17 years of living in Ndende Shacks. She said that the conditions her endured in the shacks were unfavourable and hazardous to their health. “When it rains, my shack would be full of water no matter how hard I tried to stop it. I even had to erect a pillar in the centre of the shack to avoid the water from entering in.” “My children and I would often fall sick due to the wind that penetrates through the shack’s holes, “she adds.

The 41-year old narrated how she survived the fi res that would sometimes break out in the middle of the night. “In 2001 there was big fi re that threatened lives of many people, where some lost their valuable goods in the fire. I was fortunate to have escaped that incident without any injuries,” she added. With a great smile, the proud new home owner said, “All the suffering is history, with my new house I don’t have to worry about the fi res; also the people around here are nice and kind towards each other.” The house is a double story house with an open plan kitchen, lounge, two bedrooms and bathroom.

The yard also boasts with a reasonable garden space. “I was born in rural areas so it gives me joy to grow vegetables and that will save me money because I will never buy from the market again but I will grow them myself,” she said. Mwezeni appealed to the people to look after municipal properties and strive to protect and value them.

 

11:09 12 Aug 2014

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