LIMPOPO – Ramabulana also drilled a borehole, which is located inside the yard, so the gogo and her family will no longer have to travel far in order to collect clean water.
“Life was difficult for me and my family, because the house in which we lived was old, cracked and dilapidated.
“We also didn’t have privacy with the children and grandchildren sharing our room.
“Now, with new decent house and generosity of the king, our family’s dignity will be restored,” Makatu said.
Makatu, who resides in Makatu village, just a stone’s throw away from the king’s palace in Nzhelele, said she used to pray to God to send a good Samaritan to help her family with their plight to build a decent house for them.
“Our Vhavenda king is a man who loves his subjects and also thinks of the poor communities.
“I will always pray to God that he may give our king more years to live so he can continue to change the lives of many people in the community for the better,” she said.
Ramabulana said he is the king because of his subjects and he will not rest until the poor people could get better services and their dignity is restored.
“We want to change life for the better for our people through building decent houses, handing over blankets and drilling boreholes for those in need.
“Gogo Makatu told me about her misery and said she didn’t want to die in the old, dilapidated and cracked house but only wanted to have her dignity restored in a better house,” Ramabulana said.
The MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), Jerry Ndou, congratulated the Vhavenda king for taking the lead in changing the lives of poor people for the better. “It also shows us there is a good working relationship between the government and traditional leaders as government alone cannot build better houses for all the people in need. We are ready to join hands with traditional leaders in the province to help us in change the lives of our people for the better,” Ndou said.