21 April 2019


A better life for a destitute Broerdersput pensioner


Rapuleng Moshwang


23 September 2016

The life of a pensioner who lived under poor conditions in a shack has been changed for the better. Dinkey Bonokwane of Broerdersput in the Naledi Local Municipality received a new government-provided house from Naledi mayor Neo Skalk and Executive Director in the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Khotso Khasu.

Bonokwane received a house after her plight was brought forth by community development workers who worked with the Community Workers Programme. The only breadwinner for the family, she had been living with 11 children in a two-roomed shack. Some of these children were not even registered for a child support grant. The Community Workers Programme then referred her case to the departments of Social Development, Home Affairs and the South African Social Security (SASSA) for intervention.

Broerdersput is an informal settlement about 45-kilometre from Vryburg, along the road to Delareyville. Most of its residents previously lived on neighbouring farms.

During a handover ceremony for the house Khasu urged the Naledi Local Municipality to develop a five-year plan for Broerdersput, as part of the municipality's integrated development plan. He also indicated that, through the Municipal Infrastructure Agency, which falls under the Cogta department, Broerdersput had to be given priority.

Khasu said Cogta minister Des van Rooyen would visit Naledi Local Municipality in the near future to discuss development issues.

Mayor Skalk committed to prioritising Broerdersput during his term of office and welcomed a commitment made by Cogta to assist.

House recipient Bonokwane said she was happy because her life and those of her family members have been improved by moving from the bad living conditions in a shack to a decent brick house.