WHEN cyclone Dineo struck in February, many residents were left counting the damage to their houses.
But no one was hit harder than the Khoza family from Naas, Mpumalanga.
The family not only lost their home but also everything in it.
On Friday, Mpumalanga Human Settlements MEC Speed Mashilo and Nkomazi mayor Thulisile Khoza handed over a fully furnished house to the family.
During the handover, Mashilo said he had visited the family shortly after the disaster and had seen first-hand the destruction the cyclone brought.
“There was a lot of damage and serious interventions had to be made,” he said.
“To the many others who also suffered damage, rest assured that we will reach out to you too.”
Jacob Silinda of MT Silinda and Associates, who furnished the new house for the Khozas.
Gogo Ennie Khoza (81) and her husband Elphus Matikwani said they were left with nothing but the foundations of what was once their sweet home.
“It was a moment of sheer terror, shock and confusion when it happened,” said gogo Ennie.
“But look at us now. We are truly blessed to be so well looked after.”