“These six blankets and food hamper will go a long way in restoring dignity into my family during these cold months. I thank our leaders for being available this time when we needed them most.” So said Mrs Thivhonali Khosa (35) of Sigonde village outside Musina. This after her family received blankets and food from Musina Mayor Cllr Mihloti Muhlope.
Khosa is an employee of the Community Works Programme (CWP) with five children, two of whom receive social grants from the government. Her husband, Adam Ndou (40) is unemployed and does some piece jobs in the village to supplement his wife in putting food on the table.
The food hamper handed to the family include 12 sorghum meal packets, canned fish, dried beans, sugar, cooking oil, juice, toothpaste, washing cloths and roll on.
Khosa said she was very happy to receive the gifts from the Mayor. “As a family, we don’t have enough words to express our gratitude. We are trying our best to make the ends meet but things are not going according to what we would like them to be. My husband is also trying his best to support the family through his piece jobs. This is the best gifts for our family and we really feel good about the visit by the mayor.”
She pleaded with the mayor to assist her family to get a better house.
Muhlope said the visit is part of her continuous activities to assist families that are in desperate need, especially now when the world is faced with the coronavirus pandemic. “This family is one of the many who still need our intervention as responsible leaders. It is encouraging to note that as government, we are doing something to make sure that the family does not go to bed on empty stomachs. The fact that the mother is the beneficiary of the CWP and some of her children getting child support grant is an indication that we are a caring government. We are happy that we managed to put a smile on their faces during this difficult time.”
Muhlope also thanks the local village leadership for working with government in helping the less fortunate local community members. She said she would work with the local ward councillor to ensure that the family is included in the list of people who need better houses in the village.