Soshanguve pulls together for pensioner

Petrus Ravhuhali, 96, says he’s reaping the rewards of smart choices made in his youth as he approaches his 100th birthday. (File photo)
Written by Tshilidzi Tuwani

Soshanguve community members recently came together to install new windows in the home of 67-year-old Daddy Maubane about two years after a storm damaged the large windows in Maubane’s home.

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Local business owner Tshepo Skhosana was able to come to the aid of Daddy Maubane (67) just weeks after OurHealth’s plea (File photo)

Maubane lives with his wife and three sons in the home that has been without proper windows since a 2013 damaged them.

“My home’s windows were broken by the storm of 2013, and I can’t raise money to fix them,” he told OurHealth in early March. “Since then, I feel very cold in the morning and when it’s raining and I start to get a severe cough that leaves me unable to breathe properly.”

Maubane suffers from a chronic cough and his doctor at Dr. George Mukhari Hospital has advised him to stop smoking, he added. While he had reduced the amount of cigarettes he smokes, Maubane maintained that cold weather often exacerbates his cough.

OurHealth took the Maubanes’ situation to local businessman Tshepo Skhosana who was able to come to the family’s assistance just weeks later.

“We went there and viewed the house, and indeed the old man was coughing continuously,” Skhosana said. “We finally agreed to assist him on his house.”

Maubane said he was grateful for the community’s help.

“I am happy to get such assistance and it is my wish that it doesn’t end with me here today,” he told OurHealth. “I cannot wait to have my first time sleep in a house with windows.”

About the author

Tshilidzi Tuwani

Tshilidzi Tuwani is an OurHealth Citizen Journalist reporting from Gauteng's Tshwane Health District.

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