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Rebuild a Home for Nontobeko

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We are raising funds for Nontobeko Matinyana, 63, who is a dear friend whom we have known for over 30 years.

Please help us support this remarkable woman to rebuild her home; the home that she built over 20 years and that was, within minutes, devastated when a tornado struck her village near Fort Beaufort, Eastern Cape, on the 29th of November 2019.

Nontobeko is a kind, compassionate woman with an infinite generosity for people less fortunate than her.

A single mother who raised two daughters while working as a domestic worker, Nontobeko painstakingly managed to build her own bricks-and-mortar home little by little with sweat, love and pure determination. Now retired and having lost both her daughters, she lives in her home with her little grandson, Thethe.

When the tornado swept through her village it ripped off her roof and damaged the walls, leaving the remains of her home and its contents exposed to the rain. She has been sleeping under the one remaining ceiling in order to prevent her few remaining possessions from being stolen.

She has already begun to resolve the problem by using her modest savings to start rebuilding immediately. However, as with all water damage and repair work, further issues and additional costs are accumulating every day turning this unfortunate event into a bigger financial burden.

We have provided as much as we can but we would like to support her more. Please help us raise the funds to complete the project and reinforce her belief that one can indeed count on the kindness of people.

To see Nontobeko being interviewed on SABC News, follow this link:


  • Jan 07, 2020 - R 257.05
  • "Sending thoughts and prayers" - Jess Kavonic

  • Jan 04, 2020 - R 300.00
  • "Something small coming with lots of love to Sheila for the rebuilding of her home" - Rosalie, Julian and Clare Richfield

  • Jan 02, 2020 - R 514.10
  • "Hope the New Year is better for you and all the best rebuilding your home Nontobeko! Xxx" - Livasha

  • Dec 28, 2019 - R 308.46
  • "Strength to you" - Yolande

  • Dec 27, 2019 - USD $ 211.36
  • "Good luck rebuilding your home Sheila!" - Paul Roditi

  • Dec 26, 2019 - R 359.87
  • "Good luck! " - M

  • Dec 24, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "All the best " - Anonymous

  • Dec 24, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Hope the new house is even better" - Patrick

  • Dec 24, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "All the best with your repairs." - Kim

  • Dec 24, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Merry Christmas!" - Pat

  • Dec 24, 2019 - R 411.28
  • "Sorry to hear of your loss. I can't imagine what you're going through." - Sarin

  • Dec 24, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Good luck" - Daniel Boshoff

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Donations to date

R 20 899.94

Fundraising target

R 46 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 14 000.00

Nontobeko Matinyana House Cause

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We are raising funds for Nontobeko Matinyana, 63, who lives in a village near Fort Beaufort, Eastern Cape. Please help us support a remarkable woman, Nontobeko, to rebuild her home