Mathebe Mpitso (35) is a single mother of one, she works at Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPLat )mine in Rustenburg as a chair lift operator , she pays monthly bond of about R 3 200 for an 80 square meter house at a cost of R 670 000, the rest of the money comes from the RBPlat partnership with development institutions like Public Investment Corporation and the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF).
“As a woman arriving in Rustenburg around 2007 looking for a job, it was very difficult as I was living with my son in a rented one room in Phokeng Township.
“Initially I was employed at the RBPlat as a contract worker but later in 2008 I became permanent; however I still had accommodation problems. In 2014 I heard about the housing assistance provided by the mine (RBPlat) and I applied, I was amazed and impressed firstly by the bond’s affordable monthly instalments, secondly the size of the house. I was very happy when I was told that this will be my home and I have to pay it for only 20 years “added Mpitso.
Mpitso is a beneficiary of RBPlat housing assistance programme which aims to build more than 3000 units for their employees.