Mayor praises councillor for building two house for destitute families
Collins Chabane Local Municipality mayor Joyce Bila could have said it in jest and that is the reality when she said: “Always is always available for his community.”
She said it during the event to do final touch ups of the house ward 22 councillor Always Baloyi, whose real names are Hlekani Robert Baloyi is buiding for the destitute Shilaluke family where a mother and three children were sleeping in.
Bila who participated in the painting of the house said she was happy with the way Baloyi was working with the community. “Sometimes I feel the name Always has to do with it because he is always there for his community,” she said. She told other ward councillors to also build a house each.
“If councillor Baloyi can do it, you must tell yourselves that you can also do it,” she said. Bila, chief whip Miyelani Chauke and
other community leaders participated in the Mandela inspired initiative to paint two houses Baloyi built for destitute families at Roadhouse Village.
Baloyi also built a one roomed house for the Zitha family where a mother and six children slept in one mud hut. He told the gathering he was working with donations from businesses in the ward and members of the community
including the leaders of community projects in the ward came to participate in the building of the house. Bila said in order to motivate other councillors to emulate Always Baloyi, she would increase the number of RDP houses in the ward as she would build one each to the Zitha family and another at the Xilaluke family.
As if that was not enough Baloyi invited wellknown artists such as MC Mabasa, Mbuyangwani and RT Bila to perform for the people free of charge to close the event. Said MC Mabasa: “Always Baloyi is a unique leader and when he invite people he welcomes all with open arms and is humble.” Headman Thompson Ntlhamu who spoke on behalf of the Shigalo Traditional Council said they have a good working relationship with the ward councillor.
“That is the reason we came in large number to support the Mandela Day event with the municipality,” said Ntlhamu.