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January 2021 edition

Visually impaired man gets his own home

Written by: Galoome Shopane

A Bloemfontein grandmother is grateful for the house the Provincial Department of Human Settlements has given to her visually impaired grandson, Teboho Mosala (45).

Teboho is one of the recipients of the department’s mixed development market programme, which has also built houses for the bonded market and military veterans.

“Parents who are blessed with a child with a disability have to thank God for the gift of life. Teboho was born blind and doesn’t work, but government is doing everything for him. First it was a disability grant and now it’s his own house, that he didn’t buy,” said Teboho’s grandmother Mamarumo Mosala (89).

Teboho was handed the keys to his house by President Cyril Ramaphosa and Free State Premier Sisi Ntombela.

Mamarumo said it was a great honour to meet the President. “For him to come to our home and welcome us, when not everyone is allowed to come near him, was amazing.”

The two-bedroom house, with a bathroom, sitting room and a mini kitchen, was handed over fully furnished with two beds, a lounge suite, coffee table, television, refrigerator and stove.

“Being the owner of my own home has made me really happy. I’m very blessed to have something that is mine,” said Teboho.

Teboho’s family discovered he was visually impaired when he was a baby. “His eyes were normal and we didn’t suspect anything until he started to crawl and bumped into things. We never hid him and were not embarrassed by him. We were fortunate that God blessed us with hearts that are quick to accept situations as they are,” said Mamarumo.

“I wanted him to be limitless, like the famous singer and advocate Steve Kekana,” she added.