Ray of hope for forgotten Etete pensioners

Prayers have been answered for three Etete pensioners as the North Coast community has come to their aid.

The North Coast Courier has been fielding dozens of calls from concerned readers since the publication of ‘The forgotten pensioners of Etete‘ in last week’s edition.

 James Jabren (71), Moypathie Jagganath (77) and Kamla Bagelloo (76) have been living in appalling conditions and despite having applied for government housing they had not had any feedback from the municipality since they applied two years ago.

The two mold filled shacks are on the verge of collapse and leak terribly.

KwaDukuza municipality confirmed to The Courier that two of the pensioners were on the list for phase four of the Etete RDP housing project. However, phase one has not yet started, so it appears it will be a long time before government housing is available for them.

Despite this, their lives are now about to be made a lot easier, as Specialised Rescue Unit (SRU) and members of the surrounding communities on the North Coast have stepped up to assist.

The Etete pensioners sleep on soaked beds covered in plastic when it rains.

Moypathie Jagganath (77) and Kamla Bagelloo (76) at one of the two shacks where they live. Photo: Erica Abrahams.

One of the pensioners, Kamla Bagelloo, said that during the course of the weekend strangers had dropped off groceries.

Those who are interested in volunteering to repair the shacks and donating are welcome to join the SRU team and other community members at Etete on Thursday, September 14 at 11am.

The meeting point will be Mo-Zam-Bik restaurant at the Boulevard Shopping Centre in Ballito at 10am.

Alternatively, two collection points have been set at Bufflesdale Primary School at Tongaat and Mo-Zam-Bik restaurant.

Below is a list of what is needed (money is not being collected):

  • 12 sets of linen
  • 12 towels
  • 6 beds
  • 20 squares of roof sheeting
  • Roofing nails and sealer
  • Vinyl floor mats
  • Wiring
  • Running chains
  • Gas lamps
  • 2 doors

Gas stoves, food, ovens, clothing, tables and benches and dog food have already been sponsored.

About R2500 is needed to deworm, spay and vaccinate the two dogs and two cats at the properties.

Those willing to assist can make a donation into the Sables Creatures account at the Ballito Vet Hospital.

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Erica Abrahams

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