A single mother from Glory Hill (Graskop), Faith Johnson, has finally received an RDP house after waiting for eight excruciating years. It was the intervention of the Graskop War Room, Child Welfare South Africa, and Disability Forum that made her dream a tangible reality. Her plight reportedly reached the office of the Executive Mayor, Selina Mashigo-Sekgobela (Thaba Chweu Local Municipality) for intervention.
Johnson said that she previously stayed in an old dilapidated house which later became a death trap, especially for her twelve-year-old daughter, Mandy. This, she said, was after the ceiling in one of the rooms almost fell on her head. It prompted the need to look for alternative accommodation in town, which was clearly not a sustainable option due to high rental fees.
“I applied for an RDP house in 2012 but I was unsuccessful because they said my name is attached to an empty stand. I tried everything but failed. I later approached the Anna Modipane, Community Development Worker (CDW)– Graskop War Room Secretary, and she gave me forms to fill. I also approached Mapule Mashile, Auxiliary Social Worker, and Vivian Mashile from Child Welfare South Africa for more assistance. They came to see the house and agreed that I deserved a better place,” said Johnson.
Modipane said that Johnson’s case was urgent and the Ward Councillor, Sandile Shongwe, was tasked to intervene.
Johnson thanked everybody who contributed to the application and building of the house. She has already received donations of two chairs, two cupboards, linen, blankets and two mattresses, donated by Graskop Hotel and Marle from Graskop Conservancy.