A march for service delivery

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On Tuesday morning 10 August at approximately 08:00, a small group of protestors gathered at the Mandla Magudulela Stadium in eThandakukhanya.

The organisers of the meeting, members of the Collective Voice of Mkhondo Residents committee, decided to go forth with the march since a meeting that they tried to have with important role players of the Mkhondo Local Municipality on Friday 30 July, was unsuccessful.

The reasons for the march included:

• Internal load shedding in town and the surrounding townships.

• Compliance of the MLM on Municipal Finance Act 31 of 2001 and Public Finance Management Act 1 of 1999 as amended by Act 29 of 1999. Both of these Acts regulate finance management and the committee feels that the MLM is not complying.

• Basic service delivery issues that affect members of the community. 

The group walked all the way to the Mkhondo Local Municipality offices and handed over a memorandum. A copy of this was apparently also sent to the Gert Sibande District. It is believed that representation from there would have paid a visit to the town on 11 August.

According to a spokesperson of the Mkhondo SAPS, no incidents of violence were reported and the protestors were peaceful. They were accompanied by members of the SAPS and Mpumalanga Traffic officials.

The whole community was invited and even urged to take part in the march. It was the perfect opportunity for members of the community to show their discontent towards the MLM and the issues that are influencing everybody equally. Unfortunately, not many showed up and a good opportunity to stand together as a community was wasted. People prefer to criticise in the comfort of their homes (in the dark) on Facebook and WhatsApp groups. When they get the opportunity to voice their opinion in public, they shy away. Some people could unfortunately not attend because of work obligations.

Many people who are employed in town were stranded because their regular transportation was not available. We tried to contact the Taxi Association to enquire but, couldn’t get a hold of them.

Thank you to all individuals who took the time for attempting to make a difference.