GROBLERSDAL – Hundreds of residents of Masakaneng settlement outside Groblersdal marched to the Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality offices on Monday.
The peaceful protestors embarked on the march to highlight their plight on a snail’s pace at which the electrification project of the settlement is moving, lack of a school for children and a cemetery.
According to the residents the area’s electrification project, which started last year in June was not moving at speed to cover all dwellers and the problem of lack of schools and a cemetery affected them badly as the area is fast growing.
Motsoaledi Ledwaba, a community leader, said all households were supposed to have electricity poles and meters installed for them, however only a few of them have been installed since the project started about nine months ago.
Ledwaba said people were concerned about the delay in the project and wanted the local municipality to intervene and ensure it is completed for them to have electricity.
He said there were no valid reasons the project has not been completed already and that showed in itself their needs as residents were being neglected by government.
“We had hoped we would have electricity for all households last year in December. We cannot understand why the project’s roll out is moving so slow. Not having electricity in our homes is affecting us badly. Other places are lit and not ours. We demand the local municipality to intervene and ensure our people have electricity,” said Ledwaba.
The community leader further said children in the area were affected by lack of schools as they had to travel long distances to access education.
“There is a site allocated for the building of schools. Surveillance of the area was done about seven years ago for the school to be built there but nothing has been done to date and we are not getting the answers we need from the authorities. The area is fast growing and the problem of lack of a cemetery if huge for us,” explained Ledwaba.
The residents has given the municipality seven days to respond to their memorandum, failure to which they threatened would lead to violent protest, closing the main road to Marble Hall.
Meshack Kgwale, EMLM Director for Executive Support, said the local municipality has received the Masakaneng residents’ memorandum and would respond within seven days.