I'll vote ANC, even though I don't have work - Northern Cape resident

2016-07-08 13:18
The sign as you enter the town, which is located about 20km North-west of Springbok. (Zukile Daniel, News24)

Springbok - Elaine Cloete and her elderly dad live off his pension in their two-room house in the old mining town of Nababeep, north of Springbok.

They do not have a bathroom, she told News24 on Wednesday, while walking down a windy street clutching an empty cold-drink bottle. "It is not alright for my dad who must get up in the cold and go outside to the toilet."

She said African National Congress officials had promised five years ago to build a bathroom and another room for them. But this had yet to materialise. "I feel very bad about that," she said, her white cap protecting her from the glare of the Northern Cape sun.

This has been her home for around 20 years. She had been a dedicated ANC voter all her life. The biggest struggle was being without work for two years. It felt to her as though the same people got access to jobs, even though everyone needed to put bread on the table.

"I will vote for the ANC, even though I don't have work," she said of the upcoming municipal elections. "It doesn't help to go from one party to another party."

Jobs

The generally clean paved roads were almost empty on Thursday, with only a few people and dogs on them. The town has a few general dealers, at least two bottle stores, a clinic, post office and sports field.

A library with modern architecture, opened in 2012, looks out of place amid the old mining houses and rural setting.

A few roads away, two men walk out the copper mine that was once the central source of economic activity in the area.

Brandon Kock, 22, and Lionel Afrikaner, 28, say they are responsible for maintenance. They are dressed in blue overalls, jackets, work gloves, heavy boots and beanies.

Shy at first, Afrikaner said he enjoys working and does not struggle to make a living. Originally from Steinkopf, he lives with his aunt in Okiep to be closer to his job.

Kock agreed that life is okay and he can provide for his kids.

They laughed when asked about the elections. Afrikaner said he plans to vote.

Parties should provide jobs for everyone in the area, Kock said, adding that he would like the local roads to be upgraded.

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