Afribiz Invest in partnership with The Collen Mashawana Foundation celebrated their Mandela Day with joy and happiness in the community after they handed over two houses to the Nyathikazi and Maleka families at Block TT in Soshanguve.
Afribiz Invest started giving back to the community two years ago, Collen Mashawana chairman of Afribiz invest told Soshanguve Times that they did not donate the houses because it was Mandela day, every three months Afribiz donates houses to the elderly and disabled people and this year they are aiming to double their target from the previous year.
“The initiative of donating houses started in 2018 when we handed over 15 houses to elderly and disabled people. This year we will donate 30 houses starting with three houses every three months to less the less privileged,” said Mr Mashawana.
He added that he was touched by what he always sees, people living in disadvantaged areas and wanted to help those in need.
“As someone from that background myself, I grew up in a place without access to electricity, running water and proper sanitation so I understand the pain of normal people that go through that every day. That is why I would like to advise the community to join hands and assist where they can more especially to elderly people,” he added.
Ms Catherine Nyathikazi (73), said she was promised by the government to finish up her house and it has been three years now and they are still singing the same song.
“The house was left unfished by the construction and the government always promised to come back and finish the house, I am happy about what Afribiz and Mr David Makhura, Premier of Gauteng who renovated my house and it only took them seven days,” said Ms Nyathikazi.
The neighbor, Ms Mosebu Malepe (73), also shared her joy about what Afribiz has done to change her life. She stayed in a shack with her family of five and her house was also left unfished.
“I never thought I will see my house this beautiful. I used to sleep with wet blankets on rainy days because of my leaking roof, but now all those days are over. I will now have peaceful nights,” Said Ms Malepe.
The Premier also took part in the celebration of Mandela Day and said the house was left unfinished by the construction that was building houses in the community.
“One of the problems we have here is government contractors who did not complete houses that we were dealing with here. We did not do it as government, we had to organize ourselves and get investors and volunteers to assist to renovate the houses, that is what Mandela Day is about, to appreciate lives of others,” said Mr Makhura.