Development grinds to a halt

2011-04-15 09:40

In the run-up to the 2009 general election, one of the ANC’s top-five priorities was invigorating rural development.

Rural development would certainly play a pivotal role towards reducing urban migration, informal settlements, unemployment, crime and, most importantly, economic development which will alleviate income inequality and poverty.

However, the priority became optional and was forsaken immediately after Jacob Zuma took over.

Nkandla, Zuma’s rural village in KwaZulu-Natal, has since become the only village worthy of development.

Since 1994, the village of Ga-Chuene – located 15km north of Lebowakgomo, where the Limpopo provincial legislature is situated – like many villages and informal settlements across the country, is only remembered during elections.

Officials driving to Lebowakgomo pass through Ga-Chuene using the R37, meaning they are aware of the problems, yet nothing is being done.

The R37 links Polokwane to Lebowakgomo and several other towns that lead into Mpumalanga.

Ga-Chuene’s streets are full of rocks and ravines that make them impossible to drive through with ease.

There is no proper water supply to households, many households are without electricity, and the post office looks like a spaza shop.

Rainy seasons are both a blessing and a curse as they bring the much-needed water supply, but destroy the roads.

The councillor, like many ANC officials, does not have a plan about how to develop the place.

Rural development, rather than corruption and fraud, should be one of the ANC’s priorities as a matter of urgency.

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