Wheelchair bound woman

Nobendiba Thuthani has spent the last 15 years wheelchair bound and living in a container without electricity or water. The city helped her get better housing for her needs!


Nobendiba Thuthani has been a resident in Delft, Western Cape for years. For the last 15 years she has had to live in a container that had no electricity or water. Her family of 5 helped care for her needs as she is wheelchair bound.

The City of Cape Town took Nobendiba and her family and placed them into temporary housing. They remained in temporary housing for 4 months. Recently she was given the keys to a home that is suitable for her needs. She now has her very own house!

“I never thought this day would come. It feels like I am dreaming, I had lost hope of getting a house,” – Nobendiba

Nobendiba had polio and lost her ability to walk at a very young age. She became reliant on those around her. Her daughter had to assist her daily when she needed the bathroom. Now they have a home that has two bedrooms, a kitchen, a lounge and a flush toilet.

“This new house means I will be able to go out and get some fresh air,”

“In this Freedom Month I will finally get the freedom I have been longing for all my life.”

A representative was there with Nobendiba when they gave her the house key. Ncumisa Mahango handed over the Delft house on behalf of the City of Cape Town.

“When we gave them the temporary housing four months back, we said we would be happy only when we see them owning a house and now that has happened,” – Ncumisa Mahango.

This is just another feel good story, it has a wonderful ending! We are very happy for the ease Nobendiba will now experience.

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Sources: Ground Up

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