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News - Date: 05 June 2021
Written by: Silas Nduvheni / Viewed: 3889
Legendary Tshivenda reggae artist, Colbert Mukwevho, and his family experienced a joyous day when they received a brand-new house, built and donated by the Collen Mashawana Foundation and Afribiz Invest.
Mukwevho was speechless with delight when the house was handed to him on Saturday, 29 May. The 250m², six-room home in Dididi village, near the Nandoni Dam, also has a borehole and is equipped with electricity.
“I’m short of words to express my appreciation. I started to doubt whether life would ever change for the better for me,” Mukwevho said. “As many other artists, my career and income too have suffered a terrible blow due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Our music industry is not reliable enough to survive such hard times. The house is a lot like being honoured while still alive.”
The chairperson of the Collen Mashawana Foundation, Mr Collen Mashawana, said they met the veteran artist at the beginning of 2021. Mukwevho told them about the challenges artists faced in their daily lives and the effect that the outbreak of the coronavirus had had on them financially.
The Collen Mashawana Foundation is a non-profit organisation, started nine years ago. Its main mission is to help, among others, the disabled and the poor, children-headed families, and elderly community members.
“We get some sad stories about poor families without roofs over their heads, living in old and dilapidated houses. Some are mud houses, which can cave in during heavy rains. We also empower some rural communities by creating job opportunities during the construction of the houses we build,” he said.
However, while the foundation builds houses for the disadvantaged, they humbly ask for people’s prayers, for the foundation to grow and survive and to be able to continue helping and making a positive difference within poor communities.
Vhamusanda Livhuwani Matsila, who also attended the handing-over ceremony, heartily applauded the Mashawana Foundation for taking a lead in helping the poor and less fortunate, and thereby restoring their dignity.
Colbert Mukwevho (third from left) cuts the ribbon, while Vhamusanda Livhuwani Matsila (on the left), Ms Pongo Pule (Afribiz Invest), Collen Mashawana (chairperson of the Collen Mashawana Foundation) and Vhamusanda Mmbubane watch. Photo: Silas Nduvheni.