There were tears of joy as the Executive Mayor of the DA-led Drakenstein Municipality, Conrad Poole handed 60 year old Beverley Claassen the keys to her very own home. Beverley, who applied for housing in 2001, has been living on the streets for some time.
The DA ward councillor Johan Miller, together with staff from a number of departments including housing and social services, arranged for the lady affectionately known as Auntie Beverley to move into a municipal flat earmarked for single elderly residents.
Beverley was in tears as she unlocked and walked into her flat for the first time. The flat consists of a bedroom, a kitchen area and a bedroom.
Beverley will be assisted with applying for an indigent grant.
Handing over the keys to Auntie Beverley, Mayor Poole thanked all those involved in the process. He also thanked the other residents of the flats who had come out to welcome their newest neighbour.
“Your wonderful smile and tears of joy have made me very happy today” said Mayor Poole.”