Junaid Arendse arrives home to a warm welcome

 Seven year-old Junaid Arendse from Mitchells Plein in Cape Town, who lives with pancreatic cancer arrived back home to a warm welcome by his family and neighbours that celebrated a special visit to the family by Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu on Sunday.

The Minister was accompanied by senior officials of the Department including the Director-General Mbulelo Tshangana.

During her visit last month, Minister Sisulu brought Junaid gifts and toys and also initiated a special project to renovate a house where Junaid and his grand-mother Margaret live while they were on a special holiday arranged by the different stakeholders at a resort in Langebaan.

The boy’s grandmother, Margaret could not hold back her tears when she and her grandson arrived at their renovated and furnished house with beds and electric appliances.

“The minister’s visit last month has brought so much joy to my boy, I am grateful to the minister and her team. I realised that she has  compassion and motherly love”, said Margaret.

“I was amazed when I arrive at home to the house looking very beautiful with the furniture, I know my boy is sick but to see such happiness, it means the world to me”, added the Margaret.

A clearly jubilant Junaid was unwraping his gifts and playing  in the house unperturbed by all the activity around him.     

“This is my superman, this is my superman,” said Minister Sisulu while inspecting the house carrying Junaid in her hands. “I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this boy’s happiness. It shows that South Africa has caring and loving people,” added Minister Sisulu.

This was a second visit by the Minister Sisulu who also promised to visit Junaid again later this year.

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For more information:  Ndivhuwo Mabaya on 083 645 7838

Issued by the Ministry of Human Settlements.

9 April 2017 

Press Release Date: 
Sunday, April 9, 2017