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98  SR3 Typical SOPHIE SHIVAMBU After waiting 13 years for their house, Mr and Ms Shivambu along with their 2 children and 3 grandchildren moved to Lufhereng from Protea South Informal Settlement. During the day Mr Shivambu is at work as an assistant driver and Sophie runs the household as well as a tuck shop from their living room. Despite not having formal title deeds as yet, she is also busy overseeing the construction of 4 additional rooms, a garage and a bathroom in their backyard which will eventually house their children and grandchildren. Sophie’s youngest daughter, Bonani (17), is busy constructing a make-shift carwash across the road from their house in order to contribute to the construction of the rooms. Both women are happy to be away from the “cold and unsafe” Protea South. Even though Lufehreng has a high unemployment rate they feel they now own a “proper house and a roof”. RAMBILALI MOKWEBO After living in a shack for 23 years, Mr Mokwebo, his 81-year old mother, his wife and 3 young children moved into their Lufhereng row-house. The house is small and cramped but it is well maintained with a hand-crafted ceiling made by Rambilali and his brother. The house is always busy as Rambilali runs a spaza (convenience) shop from his entrance area. From here he sells sweets and snacks to his customers who frequent his pool table and arcade machine. In order to shelter his customers he has constructed a lightweight roof. The ´games room´ (one of the few recreational venues in the area) together with occasional commissions to make ceilings form his only income. According to Rambilali, too few people have jobs and thus don’t have the money to support him which would allow him to in turn better support his family.


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