Date: Jun 20, 2018



“The best sign of love is the ability to give,” said SABC COO, Chris Maroleng as he thanked the SABC Foundation and partners for showing that together we can do so much.  Friday, 15 June 2018, was a joyous day for Mrs Miya and her family after living for years is a shabby small one room shack in Phuthaditjhaba, QwaQwa.  The family dwelling was a sore sight especially because it was surrounded by some of the most decent houses in the neighbourhood.


That has changed.  Thanks to the formidable partnerships SABC Foundation has built over the years. The beautiful three bedroomed house was built with the assistance of Habitat of Humanity, the NGO that assisted with the 2017 Mandela Day campaigns in Orange Farm.  They found a sponsor, Mr and Mrs Tyron Pillay who have a foundation called TPAS that has links with Christian Revival Church (CRC).  They paid for all the expenses to build the new home for the Miya family of six and SABC Foundation provided furniture for the whole house.  J4Joy will donate the fence and gate for the home.


“It has been seven years since I made a request for a new home to the SABC Foundation. I was beginning to lose hope.  The shack was becoming overcrowded and I had to let my teenage girl go live with another family member as it was becoming awkward for her to even have a bath with her two brothers in the same room. I am happy she can now come back home to her own bedroom.  Thank you SABC Foundation and partners,” said the beaming Mrs Miya.


Lesedi FM with its icons, Thuso Motaung and Tholoana Moletsane were there to add flavor to the event.  The famous gospel singer Teboho sang for the community who came to rejoice with the Miya family.


“As we strive to comply with our value of restoration of human dignity, we join hands with partners to reach out to the needy communities.  Providing a decent shelter for a family is part of building a better South Africa.  Charity begins at home.  QwaQwa is the home of Lesedi FM.  We speak your language and we will continue to be visible in this area because this is the heartbeat of the Basotho people.  Lesedi FM has received many acknowledgements, especially from this community for the social responsibility projects that they have embarked upon throughout the years focusing mainly on empowering the youth, fighting poverty and supporting people living with disability and the aged.



Issued by:  Communications Department

SABC:  Free State & Northern Cape Province


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