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SABC's 'TOUCHING LIVES' helps family get a home.

A Northern Cape family of 18 who lived in a one-room shack received a newly built seven-roomed house after their plight was highlighted by SABC's Touching Lives in October 2010. The Leeuw family, headed by 62-year-old, Nora Keeremang Leeuw, had been living in a one room shack with four adults and ten grandchildren, some whom are from her deceased two daughters.

The wheelchair bound breadwinner barely made ends meet with the entire family relying on her old-age pension. To make matters worse, the school going children took turns in taking a year off school to take care of their grandmother. However, her predicament has come to an end when Sishen Iron Ore Mine's Development Trust in the Kuruman responded to their plight. They have built them a seven roomed house.

Leeuw's ten grandchildren now receive social grants and there are also generous donors helping with their education.

"We have made an undertaking that all children of school going age should actually be in school," said Mr Connie Molusi, the chairperson of Sishen's Development Trust referred to as Supertrust. Meanwhile Northern Cape MEC for Cooperate Governance and Human Settlement, Kenny Moimang, said what the mine has done affirms that through such partnership government can build better communities.

The Leeuw family moved into their new home on July 1. Their house has been fully furnished and the United Christian Church donated a new wheel chair to MaLeeuw.

By: SABC News, Northern Cape

Issued by: Communications Department. SABC: Free State & Northern Cape Province


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