A Gugulethu mother who is a cancer patient is over the moon after community members and some few good Samaritans renovated her house. The event happened on to celebrate tata Madiba birthday.
For the past two years, the life Thandeka Giyose(39) has been difficult. She lost her mother less than two years ago.
And recently she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Giyose is unemployed and stays with her three children. The facelift of this house Mandela day gift she received.
“I didn’t expect it, it was really a surprise. And now I stay in a well-painted house, I’m so happy,” she said.
Community leader Pamela Silwane (34) from Gugulethu Community Action Network (CAN) said they are assisting the woman as part of Mandela Day celebrations. “We assessed the situation and we saw that her living
conditions are not human. And as Gugulethu CAN we decided to spread love. We came together with Seaboard CAN and we decided to paint her house and put a sealing,” she said.
Ward 41 councillor Mzwakhe Nqavashe was part of the group that was helping to fix the house. He said the cleaning and painting of the house is part of 67 minutes of Mandela. “We are changing the lives of the woman, we are doing a facelift of her house. She has a very difficult background and is not well health-wise. And she doesn’t have a job yet she looks after three kids,” she said.
Giyose told Sunteam that her life is difficult and she welcomes the help. “I have been going through some difficult times in the past two years. My mother died. I sometimes feel like I’m alone. And it feels like I’m abandoned, today it is different, people just came and show some love to me,” she said.