Three women receive homes, built by women
Three women received brand new houses built by 14 women in Ndevana, just outside East London as part of the Ndevana 1 478 Rural Housing Projects. Eastern Cape Human Settlements MEC, Nonkqubela Pieters said the women builders are part of 27 SMME’s given the contract.
Beneficiary Zameka Charles was in tears and expressed her happiness and gratitude: “I am very happy. I never thought that I would get a house and now that I finally got it, I have no words to describe how I feel, even though I have nothing and I am unemployed, I feel like I have everything because at least I will have a roof over my head and a place to sleep”.
Pieters said they are seeking to change the status quo of a male dominated construction industry because anyone can build with the right training. “We support women who get in this industry and we encourage the youth to take part in programmes we offer in different areas of the province,” she said.
Nozuko Maxaulana Nyoni, a builder felt inspired to pursue a career in construction after this project. She added that it is a great feeling to be part of the transition of a human being moving from a shack to a concrete house.
“It is sad to see people living in shacks that are falling apart. This did not come without its challenges because as a woman, I had to work harder to prove that I am capable of doing the job. Some people looked down on me thinking that I wouldn’t be able to finish the job, but to see the end product makes me very happy because even the beneficiaries are happy,” said a thrilled Nyoni.
The RDP houses beneficiary list gives priority to the elderly, the disabled, child-headed households, and military veterans, owing to lack of sufficient funds to build homes for everyone.
“We are urging the municipalities to go back to their lists and where an elderly person is at the bottom of the list they need to place them at the top of the list because we cannot prioritise young people when old people do not have proper places to stay,” said Pieters.