AfriSam says that this initiative shows its commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of communities, dedication to creating sustainable solutions and improving the quality of life for those most in need.

The houses, located in Mackenzieville in the City of Ekurhuleni, were built to provide a safe and accessible living space for those with special needs, who often face challenges in their daily lives, the company adds.

The houses are built and modified with special features specifically to cater to beneficiaries with unique abilities. They were built to meet the needs of the identified beneficiaries to make them comfortable and provide a sense of belonging in the community of Mackenzieville.

The handover ceremony, held on Tuesday, 31 October, was attended by:
  • representatives from AfriSam
  • the partner government departments
  • community leaders, and
  • identified beneficiaries and their families.

This handover marked a significant milestone in the joint effort to empower those with special needs and promote inclusivity within the community.

Executive of construction materials operations Glenn Johnson, representing AfriSam, expressed a warm welcome to the recipients of the homes. He further acknowledged AfriSam's actions in providing care for the youth and those who are differently-abled.

AfriSam emphasised its commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and urged other companies to join hands in creating a more inclusive society for all. 

The DMRE expressed its appreciation to AfriSam for being able to identify the gap and making sure the department fulfils its constitutional mandate to the social cause and help people in need.

COE MMC of human settlement Cllr Masele Madihlabe also praised the primary sponsor AfriSam for contributing to the city's community.

"To the beneficiaries, we know the temptations; some relatives will come to tell you how you are related because they will see the value of the houses, but do not be tempted to sell it. When I come back, I want to see the same beneficiaries, not relatives," adds Madihlabe.

Madihlabe pleaded with the guardians of those who cannot take care of themselves to not take advantage of the beneficiaries' conditions and sell their houses.

"At AfriSam, we believe in creating concrete possibilities, and we are very excited about the possibilities these new homes will create for you. On behalf of AfriSam, we wish you well and hope you will make great memories in your comfortable homes," Johnson concludes.

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