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Tears of joy flow as Minister hands over new homes in Motherwell

Published: November 21, 2023


Three Nelson Mandela Bay first time homeowners shed tears of joy as they received keys to their homes with furniture on Tuesday when Human Settlements Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi handed over new houses in Motherwell.

The houses form part of the NU30 housing project where a total of 127 units have been completed as part of phase 1.The project is implemented by NMBM with a total of 1820 houses to be built in phases.

Father of three, Mzikayise Njadayi, who is visually impaired with his wife and two of his children, said the hand over was a dream realised for his family and a legacy for his children.

With two new beds and carpets delivered on Tuesday, and new couches to be delivered later this week, Njadayi said: "This is the day that the Lord has made, we are rejoicing today. I could not be happier to finally see my wish come true to have a home for my children so that even if I die, I know my children have a safe home. I am speechless today and wish to thank everyone who made this day possible for us."

Minister Kubayi highlighted the NU30 project as one of many housing projects that are progressing well in NMBM.

She was joined by Deputy Minister Pam Tshwete and Deputy Executive Mayor Cllr Babalwa Lobishe during the joyous occasion.

"We are here to celebrate with these families as we hand them the keys to their new homes. In addition to that, we are here to hand over title deeds to 100 beneficiaries because we understand the importance of owning a title deed for our people, it opens other opportunities," said Minister Kubayi.

"We are also hosting an imbizo today at the Raymond Mhlaba Sports Centre to engage with NMBM residents on challenges they are faced with concerning human settlements. We have heard there are serious challenges relating to the rectification of houses and we are here to find solutions to such problems. We have made great progress when it comes to the upgrading of informal settlements, water, sanitation and electricity services have already been installed in some informal settlements, we are only left with top structures now and we will complete them too," the Minister added.

65-year-old granny, Nontuthuzelo Lombo could not contain her tears saying she was overjoyed to receive a new house and furniture.

"I am not crying because I am sad, it is truly tears of joy, I am at peace now that I am a homeowner. I am so happy that I will no longer be a victim of heavy rains. I thank God," Lombo said.


Issued by Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Communications Office.

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