The MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works in KwaZulu-Natal, Dr Ntuthuko Mahlaba, alongside the Elton Ngcobo Foundation on Friday visited two destitute families in Sinathingi, Pietermaritzburg to assess their living conditions and offer much needed assistance.
This visit follows the passing of a three-year-old child who died of electric shock due to a collapsing mud-built structure in one of the two households.
Dr Mahlaba assured the family that the process to erect temporary structures will resume in the next few days, as well as the housing project in Sinathingi that will continue post all administrative work that has to be done by his department.
The MEC also took the opportunity to thank the Elton Ngcobo Foundation for “its commitment to exceptional organizational work” and the Melanie Dickason Voices NPO for their intervention.
Prior to the visit by MEC, the Elton Ngcobo Foundation had rung the alarm a few days back about the dire conditions which the children were living under and called for immediate assistance by all relevant stakeholders at provincial government level.
The Foundation extended its gratitude to the Human Settlements office for a prompt response and vowed to continue monitoring the developments on this situation.