Long-awaited home for 100yo man: 22 years to build new house in Nigel

22 years – it took the municipal authorities that long to build the RDP house for 100-year-old Dipabalo Boy Mohedo and his wife Johanna Nsibande. They were presented with a new home on Mandela Day. The couple has been waiting for the promise to be kept since Mohedo was 78 years old.

Photo of an elderly couple sitting
Dipabalo Boy Mohedo and his wife Johanna Nsibande on the last day of their life in shack.

The elderly spouses lived in a shack without electricity and Nsibande had to help her husband to an outside plastic toilet daily.

Touched by the couple’s story, the directors of Afribiz Investment in partnership with the Collen Mashabana Foundation built the couple a house in Mackenzieville, Nigel, in just over a month.

The house has three bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen and a sitting room. It also has electricity, water, a geyser and an indoor toilet.

Gauteng premier David Makhura was at the handover.

“The story of a 100-year-old man waiting for a house for so many years is saddening. Unfortunately, housing is a big issue in Gauteng. The waiting is often too long and at the moment the backlog of people waiting for houses is overwhelming,” Makhura stated.

The residents of Snake Park informal settlement expressed their sincere joy about the fact that the elderly couple had finally moved into the house that meets all the minimum modern requirements. The couple was also presented with blankets and furniture.

“We are so overjoyed and grateful. Our days of suffering have come to an end. Having electricity, water and an inside toilet will certainly make life easier,” Nsibande said.

Mohedu, who can no longer speak easily, smiled as tears rolled down his cheeks.

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