09 April 2021
Pretoria – Exactly a month ago, popular South African philanthropist and Ekurhuleni businessman Given Muhlarhi visited the Phalane family of Katlehong, bringing them loads of groceries and he undertook to renovate their dilapidated home.
The family members, led by 79-year-old Gabriel Phalane and his wife of the same age Thandi, had desperately turned to Daily Sun newspaper begging for assistance from South Africans for food and to rebuild their damaged home. The roof of the house had collapsed and the walls of the house were heavily cracked.
PretoriaLIVE understands that Muhlarhi – founder of Given The Giver Foundation will be returning to the Phalane homestead this Sunday, to officially hand over the renovated house.
“I cannot believe my house has been transformed this much, from the way it looked just a month ago. I am old, and so is my wife. There is no way we could have rebuild our property. Mr Muhlarhi was sent by God to help us, and you can see this is a miracle,” said Phalane who was walking around the house on crutches.
“My neighbours too cannot believe this has happened so fast. The renovations have changed my house into a proper home anyone would like to live in. Mr Muhlarhi did not only work on the house, but he also erected for me a high security perimeter fence and put a gate. I am overwhelmed.”
When he toured the Phalane home in March, Muhlarhi told journalists from different media houses who came to witness the event that the gesture was a marker for his 40th birthday.
“Instead of celebrating my birthday with friends at Sandton, popping expensive champagne, this year I decided to make a difference in the lives of fellow South Africans. I have not been sleeping well ever since the story of how the Phalane family is living came to my attention. I have reached out to my partners and they are on board to turn around the circumstances of this family,” said Muhlarhi at the time.
“I dedicate my 40th birthday to my late grandmother, who I share a birthday with. She remains a pillar in my life and I have chosen to assist the Phalane family in her honour. The Covid-19 pandemic is upon us and many people have lost their lives. We actually have nothing to celebrate.”
He added that since the start of the Covid-19 lockdown, Given the Giver Foundation had handed over 5000 food parcels as many people had lost their jobs while poverty had increased. The foundation hoped to raise funds for the construction of a university in Ekurhuleni.