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Joy as family receives new house
​There was pure elation as the Ngcobo family finally have a
place to call home.
WHILE there were tears of joy and songs of praise being sung as the Ngcobo family from uMlazi were handed keys to their new house, Niniza Mildred Ngcobo, 62, was left unable to speak for 10 minutes as she was so overcome with emotion.

The family, who have been homeless for five years after their house was demolished, expressed their heartfelt appreciation to the Municipality for changing their lives. The handover was officiated by Ward 78 Councillor Meltah Zuma. After regaining her composure Ngcobo said she will never forget the day she met Councillor Zuma, who was holding community roadshows in the ward. It was through that platform that she was able to share her plight with Councillor Zuma. “She delivered on her promise to assist my family,” said a grateful Ngcobo. “Government must deploy more dedicated leaders like her who are always on the ground, eager to listen and assist residents with any issue.”

Ngcobo said they have already started moving their belongings into the two-bedroom house which also has a kitchen, lounge and bathroom. Her family, which consists of her husband and two children, have already spent a few nights in their new home which she says is a “dream come true.”

“When I am sleeping at night, I always look up and think about all the pain I have endured in the past and then give praise to the Lord for my new life.” An emotional Ngcobo said her family once owned a large three-bedroom house for over 21 years which was demolished because of land issues.

Ngcobo said: “When I met Councillor Zuma I had lost hope that I would ever live in a decent house again, I had accepted my new life. But look at me today.” Councillor Zuma said nothing makes her happier than making a positive difference in people’s lives, which is part of their mandate as community representatives. “When I first heard Niniza’s story, I was touched. To see your house, that you have created memories in for two decades, being demolished in front of you is very painful.” Councillor Zuma said the house handover was proof that eThekwini Municipality is part of a caring government and is committed to providing a better life for all. She urged people to be patient as service delivery will also reach areas soon.

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