The village of Bhoqo was abuz as they joined Gogo Nodabephi Nosection Tata, to celebrate with her a brand new, fully furnished house - which was a collaboration effort by the three spheres of Government.
The Eastern Cape Provincial Government led by Premier Phumulo Masualle, officially handed over a house to a 100 year old granny at Bhoqo Village in Dordrecht, Emalahleni Local Municipality in the Chris Hani District recently.
The centenarian, Gogo Tata made a call to the Presidential Hotline in May 2017, with the assistance of community member from Bhoqo Village, Mr. Patrick Bathembu, requesting assistance after her rondavel was destroyed by fire. The call was then channeled down to the province for intervention and support. At the time, the Department of Social Development provided relief for the Tata family, while the Provincial Government was engaged in a process of providing a permanent solution.
Gogo Tata received the house in line with the Department of Human Settlements’ mandate, which is to ensure that the vulnerable are prioritised in the delivery of houses. The construction of the house started in October 2018.
The handover also allowed the Provincial Government to showcase its capacity to deliver services to the community through its collaborated efforts. Government also used the occassion to communicate to the public on how they can be able to access government services using the available means which include the hotline.