For the past 18 years, William Mbofheni (88), who survives on his old age grant, has been renting a backyard room in Musina Nancefield. Since his youth, William worked as an unskilled bricklayer and farm labourer. His life changed for the better when he was presented with keys to his new house at Nancefield Extension 9.

His house is one of the three that were handed over as part of the Youth Build 2018. Molanco Trading Enterprises, under the leadership of a young entrepreneur, Devotion Nemukula (26) was awarded a contract to construct 82 units as part of Youth Build 2018. Youth Build is a Letsema Project which entails construction of housing units for vulnerable and marginalized groups (elderly, people with disabilities, women caring for orphans and other vulnerable children). The programme is designed to be holistic in nature, contributing to holistic youth development thorough the use of stakeholders support and construction of houses.

Obviously filled with joy, Mbofheni said: “It was saddening for an old man like myself to rent a backyard room for so many years. I was so hopeless and accepted that I will die without a house of my own but God has answered my prayer. I would like to thank our caring government for restoring my dignity because I can now proudly stand and boast my own house. Words alone cannot express how happy I feel.”

Another beneficiary is 81-year-old Elisa Mokwena who also worked in local farms for many years. Surviving on old age grant, Mokwena was staying in a backroom with her two grandchildren, whose mother passed away sometimes ago. She said: “I couldn’t believe my eyes when I was presented with this beautiful house. Indeed, God’s time is the best. I am happy that I now have a place I call my home.”

The houses were handed over by the Chairperson of the Portfolio on Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (Coghsta), Mokgadi Aphiri and Musina Mayor, Cllr Mihloti Muhlope who both emphasized the commitment by government to bring a better life to every citizen.