Human Settlement

Gogo Receives a Home in Eden Park

Gogo Patience Bongiwe Siswenye became a first time homeowner at 70, courtesy of a tripartite partnership between the City of Ekurhuleni, Collen Mashwana Foundation and Imbokodo Building- a 100% female owned construction company.  

 Built on a serviced stand provided by the City in Eden Park, the two bedroom house could not have come at a better time where the country is plagued by the Coronavirus epidemic and the call is for all residents to stay at home to reduce the rate of infection from the virus.

Adding icing on the cake is that Siswenye is now reunited with her two children, who for some time had been forced to seek refuge with neighbours, while gogo stayed alone in a shack.

During the handing over of the house, Member of Mayoral Committee (MMC) responsible for Human Settlements Cllr Lesiba Mpya was full of praise for Imbokodo Building for the construction of the house.

“This house was constructed by only women from Imbokodo and they did it to change the life of one of their own. As a City we have had to ensure that gogo has electricity and water as well as the sewer network is up and running in her house,” Lesiba said.

Gogo thanked all the partners for their different roles in providing her with her house.

“I thank everyone for helping to realise my dream of owning a house, a place that I can call home for me and my children,” gogo said.