GLEN COWIE – The spirit of Ubuntu among South Africans was lifted higher up when a Good Samaritan in Dr Alfred Mantageng Masemola handed over a newly built and fully furnished house to the Maphanga child-headed family in Glen Cowie within Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality on Friday, 18 December 2020.
The medical practitioner, who serves the community of Jane Furse, said his decision to build a new house for the family headed by unemployed 27 year-old Nomvula Maphanga, came after he realized the hard conditions the family was subjected to in their old inhabitable structure they lived in for years.
Sekhukhune District Municipality (SDM) Executive Mayor, Stanley Ramaila, initiated a programme to assist destitute families within the district after his inception into the office about five years ago.
Five –roomed houses were built for destitute families in various locations within the district through efforts good hearted of business people.
The houses, including the one Dr Masemola built and furnished for the Maphanga family, were benefited by destitute three families in Tsimanyane Village outside Marble Hall within the Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality, Maseven Village and Phokwane villages within the Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality last year (2021).
Dr Masemola said he was touched after approached by members of the community about inhabitable conditions the Maphanga child-headed family was subjected.
“It saddened me to see how the family lived. As a Sekhukhune resident, who studied through the assistance of government throughout my entire studies, I felt that I needed to do something for the community which supports my practice. I decided to bring a smile on this family through building and furnishing this house for them,” said Masemola.
SDM Executive Mayor, Stanley Ramaila, said businesses were responding satisfactorily towards the programme and encouraged others to joint in changing lives of the destitute within the district.
Nomvula Maphanga, the beneficiary, overwhelmed with joy, thank Dr Masemola for the house and said gesture restored her family’s dignity.