Zabalaza Mshengu observes the building progress on his new house.
Last year in December, AFRA reported the progress in building 104-year-old Zabalaza Mshengu a house. (Read about Mshengu https://afra.co.za/2017/05/16/struggle/). We also appealed to the public to continue to make donations to the Mshengu Building Fund. We are very grateful to the public for the support and donations they have continued to make towards this cause.
The AFRA team and other volunteers continued the building over the Christmas holidays. The walls of the house are now up, however the roof has not been completed because the team ran short of materials to complete it.
To complete the house, we need your help. So that when the heavy rains and the winter season come, Baba Mshengu will be safe and warm. We again, request your support in bringing comfort and dignity to his life.
At our last visit we were very sad to find Mshengu in a very dire condition, his health is deteriorating and we had to take him to the local clinic to get him some medical attention. We appeal to the local caregivers in Ashburton to assist in this case by visiting Mshengu at his home and attend to his health needs.
Donations can be made to the account below or cash or in-kind donations given to our Receptionist, Faith. For more information or to get involved, please contact Nokuthula on Nokuthula@afra.co.za / 033 345 7607.
Name of Account: Association for Rural Advancement
Bank: First National Bank
Acc no: 50950020963
Branch Code: 223125
Legal Process in resolving Mshengu’s land claim:
Zabalaza Mshengu’s land claim remains unfortunately unresolved. AFRA continues to engage the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) to push for the finalisation of the claim. In July 2017, the court ordered that the landowners and the Director General for the DRDLR appoints the land valuers within 30 days of the order. The DRDLR to date has failed to comply with that order.