Plea to Mbeki to make E.C. projects a reality

2017-10-05 06:01

I wish to registers an appeal to former President Thabo Mbeki to intervene so that the ANC government under President Zuma and Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle, to implement projects which you launched in 2007.

During your tenure as state president, you launched three projects.

One was about the housing development in the rural villages of the Eastern Cape.

The second was the rehabilitation of the tarred roads. The third project entailed the establishment of cultural heritage centre at Clarkebury Location in Engcobo.

The then Minister of Transport, Jeff Radebe, launched projects to build a tarred road from Kokleni location (Engcobo District) to Dutywa.

The road goes through Nkondlo location via Mhlophekazi location to places such as Mbanga, Matati, Xauka, Silityiwa, Bolothwa and Munyu locations under the Mbashe Municipality.

There is a need for a tar road from Mbanga to Ntsimbi to KwaDlomo via Bhekileni and Qanguleni to KwaMqoma locations.

This road goes via the Heritage Museum Centre to Clarkebury. From Mbashe Municipality the road continues to Mbewuleni via Mqonci to KwaMndila to Gutyubeni to Mjanyane Hospital to Engcobo District Hospital.

These projects must still take off the ground.

The roads are important as they will enable the smooth and easy access for ambulances to reach rural areas.

At the moment, people suffer and die on their way to hospital because of inaccessibility of transport and the time it takes to reach Mjanyane Hospital.

In addition, economic development and trade around the Engcobo District and Mbashe Municipality will assist in the opening of job opportunities.

The poor people of Engcobo and Dutywa, especially the youth and students that complete their diplomas and degrees, can be absorbed into the mainstream economy and job creation enterprises.

Inequality, poverty and unemployment run rampant in the Eastern Cape. For instance, the many people who get retrenched from factories and mines, go back to the rural areas where there are no job opportunities.

Their children (youth) are prone to using drugs, turning into alcohol and get involved in theft syndicates.

The implementation of these projects will help create jobs and push back the frontiers of poverty and underdevelopment.

Families are rent asunder, squabbles and scuffles lead to loss of dignity among partners, divorce becomes the order of the day, and their children’s future hits rock bottom due to unemployment and poverty. Without the implementation of such projects by the ANC government, it is impossible to fathom economic growth and prosperous Eastern Cape.

I know you still have some measure of power and influence. You can use your power wisely and productively to influence the current and future ANC leadership and its governments to never neglect the people of the Eastern Cape. We appeal to you to intervene to arrest the situation.

Nyameko Sinandile Khayelitsha

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