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13 August 2018

The celebration of the 2018 August Women's Month would not have meant anything better for the 59 year old Mmemogolo Stena Kenosi who lives with her children and grand children at Top Village, in Mafikeng.

Her, her 14 children and grand-children, shared a one-bed-roomed house that was in bad state, falling apart and dilapidated. The family has been living in this bad condition for many years until tragedy hit them last year, in 2017. A baby, whilst sleeping in the house, was, fatally bitten to death by rats.

The Community Policing Forum (CPF) Mafikeng upon hearing of the sad ordeal, then visited the family to send their condolences as well as inspect the general conditions, health status and safety hazards of the house.

This is a visit that compelled the CPF and SAPS to intervene in a collaborative manner, promptly.

The chairperson of the Mafikeng CPF Mr Luis Serrao and his team went all out to seek for donations from local business to help the family as well as build them a decent house. They managed to get enough donations to build the family a three-roomed house.

“No one deserves to live in such a condition, thus we saw it fit to intervene and come up with ways and means to help the family. I was very personally touched and saddened by the incident that took place here, and I am grateful to everyone who worked with us to succeed with this project”, said Mr Luis Serrao.

The MEC for the Department of Community Safety and Transport Management Dr Mokgantshang Motlhabane thanked the SAPS and the CPF for their goodwill gesture and the excellent work done when he visited the family. He was also there to appreciate the house that was build for the family and encourage business, Non-governmental bodies and government to continue working together.

“I am very excited to see for myself the good deeds that were done here by the Mahikeng CPF and SAPS. It is not everyday where you see people going beyond their call of duty to help those in need. It is indeed very sad what happened to the family last year. We also thank the local businesses for their contributions”. Our business community and watchdog organisations are indeed hard at work, focused as well as responding positively to the Nelson Mandela call to 'changing the lives of the ordinary people', said MEC Motlhabane.

The CPF also started a gardening project in the yard and took time to teach the family about planting, ploughing and sustaining the gardening project in order for it to produce vegetables that will sustain the family even after visitors have left the place.

Mmemogolo Stena Kenosi was grateful, and all she could say was to thank the good Samaritans' that came to her rescue. “We are grateful as a family, we know that indeed there are still good Samaritans out there who are willing to assist those in dire need. We promise to take good care of the house and keep the garden as productive as possible. Please continue helping others the same way you helped me and my house-hold to return our dignity and have a decent roof over our heads”, said the visibly elated Mmemogolo Kenosi.


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