21 April 2019


Promises kept as government delivers houses to a Deelpan family


Thebeetsile Keameditse


A Deelpan family that lost six members in a shack fire just over four months ago now owns a decent home - two government provided houses, as promised by Premier Supra Mahumapelo in May.

The official handover ceremony to the Mogale family was presided over by Premier Mahumapelo, MEC for Local Government and Human Settlements Galaletsang Fenny Gaolaolwe, Tswaing Local Municipality Mayor Kgomotso Malwane and local chief, Kgosi Jeff Molete.

Mahumapelo said a promise to build two houses for the family, made before the August municipal election, was not a political stunt to get votes as some had implied, but a promise to fulfil government responsibility.

"As government we must continue to do our work even on the eve of elections. Some people thought the Mogale family had seen the last of us when we promised decent shelter, security and comfort to the family.

"The Bokone Bophirima Provincial Government is happy that it has delivered the houses that will make your lives easier," the Premier told beneficiaries.

The unemployed Piet Mogale (66) and Oromeng Mogale (54) who depend on social grants for a living, were staying in a four-roomed shack with their children and grandchildren when tragedy struck. The shack was reduced to ashes after a fire was allegedly started by a candle and paraffin stove that were left burning.

Five children aged between eight and 23 died in the incident. A three-year-old grandchild survived the incident, but died a few days later at Gelukspan Hospital due to severe burn wounds.

This horrific incident was last week forgotten for a while when joy filled the Mogale family home as they prepared to move into their new homes.

The Mogale's daughter, Mariah Kelaotswe (49), thanksed government on behalf of the family. "I can't begin to express my happiness, I'm out of words. I have never thought in my life that my family will own a house with services such as electricity. With these two houses government has really transformed our lives," she said.

MEC Gaolaolwe said: "The provincial government will continue to touch the lives of communities in impoverished rural communities and restore their dignity through housing development. We will also make a difference by providing the necessary assistance to needy families."

Caption1: Mariah Kelaotswe after receiving the key to her new house from Premier Supra Mahumapelo and MEC Galaletsang Fenny Gaolaolwe. Caption2: MEC Galaletsang Gaolaolwe, beneficiary Mariah Kelaotswe, Premier Supra Mahumapelo, Tswaing Local Municipality Mayor Kgomotso Malwane, Kgosi Jeff Molete and a local councillor.