TNMC Managing Director Sergey Steshenko performed groundbreaking ceremonies yesterday at respective family compounds, as work on the projects is about to begin. The three families that will receive houses this year were gleeful in their gratitude towards the mine saying that it has saved them from the effects of the harsh rains that are about to come.
TNMC public relations officer Tebogo Rapitsenyane said that they picked three families from the three villages of Matopi and Matshelagabedi.
"There are three families that we have picked through the help of the Social Welfare Officer this time and the projects are already underway," he said.
The Social Welfare Officer More Tshupeng compiled a synopsis of the families that will benefit from the housing provision.
"These are three orphans, two females and one male who are both schooling at Junior Secondary School level. Currently the orphans are divided amongst two caregivers who live in adjacent homesteads. However, the orphans' late mother had an undeveloped plot in the neighbourhood," he said.
He further advised the mining company that they could build a house for them to facilitate its functional social relationships and bonding of siblings. "Siblings who grow apart from each other are at risk of losing contact with each other in adulthood. So, having them in one home will facilitate reunion and continuous interaction amongst them. "Therefore, it is important that the family get at least one strong structure and a toilet," said the social welfare officer.
Tshupeng also spoke about the Matshelagabedi Village woman, Shathani Khaisa who needed housing.
"This is a single woman born in 1957 with eight children who are all unemployed, with one child under 18 years who is a student," he said.
He said that the woman has been building mud huts in the yard over the years but during rainy seasons, the structures would collapse and so far the Village Development Committee (VDC) at Matshelagabedi has been accommodating her following three disasters.
"Currently she has two mud structures with no toilet in her yard. So, there is a high possibility of losing them in the expected rainy season. Therefore, it is important that the family get at least one strong structure and a toilet," Tshupeng said.
The other family mentioned by the officer is of the Maluke orphans also in Matshelagabedi. This is a family of four orphans who are all unemployed and one is a student at senior secondary level. One of them is partly blind.
"The family lives in their deceased mother's home with three mud huts but one is incomplete. There are also four minor children born to one of the orphans in this family. Therefore, it is important that the family get at least one strong structure and a toilet," said Tshupeng.
The mine has already engaged contractors to start work on the houses, which will be two two-and-half roomed houses and one one-roomed house depending on the situation in the particular family.