Community outreach causes mixed emotions

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Photo: Sazly Hartzenberg

The outdoor sport centre in Rocklands was filled with residents who came to make their grievances heard at the community outreach where services such as applying for identity documents and registering with the IEC were provided .

Photo: Sazly Hartzenberg

The council speaker of Mangaung Metro, Mxolisi Siyonzana, told Bloemfontein Courant that the aim of this day was to ensure that services from stakeholders such as South African Social Security Agency, Department of Home Affairs, Mangaung Aids Unit, the Post Office and the IEC are brought closer to the communities in Mangaung.

However, community members were not completely sold as they felt as if they were not given a chance to say how they feel.  Kenalemang Maloisane said that she is upset that the community was not given a chance to ask questions and that these very services take extremely long to get to the community but they are expected to pay on time. “There are so many leakages and sewerage problems in the location but we are not getting any answers from the municipality. It is not fair.”

Photo: Sazly Hartzenberg

Another community member, Petrus Mojaki, told Bloemfontein Courant that they have been waiting for RDP houses for far too long and all they are being told is to keep registering. “My grandmother received a RDP but it is so small, it is not even big enough for a student.”

Tebogo Lecoko said that he is very happy that the municipality came through for the community.

Sazly Hartzenberg

sazly@centralmediagroup.co.za