The Mhlekwa family are members of the Pinelands community, a suburb in Cape Town South Africa. Nomhle, mother and head of the household, is a teacher and business woman.
In 2005 Nomhle began her own business as a property agent- which allowed her to purchase the family's home in Pinelands. Unfortunately the weakening South African economy meant that buyers where unable to qualify for bonds and Nomhle's company was affected as a result.
In response to this loss, Nomhle opened their home as a B&B in order to sustain the family.
This year, as the global community faced the Covid-19 crisis, the South African government closed the countries borders and instituted a strict lock down in order to prepare for the countries wave of infections. An unfortunate result of this elongated nationwide shutdown was that the Mhlekwa family had their sole income cut off for months. With the borders still closed, and an unsure future ahead, the family have found themselves in a financial crisis.
On the 20th of September, their home water supply will be cut off due to their inability to pay accounts, and the home itself is at threat of being lost by the end of September unless they are able to make payments to the Bank which holds their bond.
While we have all- directly and indirectly- been affected by this global pandemic, the Mhlekwa family are reaching out to anyone who can offer support in any form. Any and all donations would be directed towards keeping the water on, their home secure, and the families survival.