Communities close roads for better life

2018-05-11 06:00
Ndawana road closed with burning tyres as police control the situation.Photo:supplied

Ndawana road closed with burning tyres as police control the situation.Photo:supplied

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COMMUNITIES of 12 villages in Umzimkhulu have handed over a list of their grievances to the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs officials at a march held in Ndawana village on Thursday.

Under the watchful eye of police, they wanted government to buildKayeka Primary School and to supply villages with clean running water.
They also demanded that a commercial forest in Bovini outside Umzimkhulu must employ local communities and develop their area.

Motorists that frequent Ndawana road were disrupted by marchers who closed roads with burning tyres and police had to intervene. Some schools were also disrupted.
As people closed the road, motorists were not allowed to pass in the road, but they only allowed emergency vehicles like ambulances and hearses.

“We handed over three memorandums to the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs officials who promised to forward to relevant people. Old classrooms of Kayeka Primary School and water that are not available in some villages were listed on our complaints,” said one of the community members, Linda Mbele.

On April 13, theFever published the story of people from 10 villages who threatened to stop operations in the forest after a meeting which was set for April 9 delayed.

When people threatened to shut down the forest on April 13, Mazweli Baleni, the Chief Executive Officer of the forest said people who held the meeting on April 9 were just a small group of people who are disgruntled about the forest and there will be a meeting on May 3 where stakeholders like Umzimkhulu Municipality and Department of Agriculture and Forestry will be doing presentations.

COMMUNITIES of 12 villages in Umzimkhulu have handed over a list of their grievances to the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs officials at a march held in Ndawana village on Thursday, under the watchful eye of police The reason behind the protest was to government’s attention in order to build Kayeka Primary School and to supply villages with clean running water. They also demanded that a commercial forest in Bovini outside Umzimkhulu must employ local communities and develop their area.

Motorists that frequent the
Ndawana road were disrupted by marchers who closed roads with burning tyres and police had to intervene.

Some schools were also disrupted. As people closed the road, motorists were not allowed to pass through, however, they only allowed emergency vehicles such as ambulances and hearses to pass through.

“We handed over three memorandums to the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs officials who promised to forward it to relevant people.

Old classrooms of Kayeka Primary School and water that is not available in some villages were listed on our complaints,” said one of the community members, Linda Mbele.

On April 13, the Fever published the story of people from 10 villages who threatened to stop operations in the forest after a meeting which was set for April 9 was delayed.

When people threatened to shut down the forest on April 13, Mazweli Baleni, the Chief Executive Officer of the forest said that people who held the meeting on April 9 were just a small group of people who are disgruntled about the forest and there will be a meeting on May 3 where stake-holders like Umzimkhulu Municipality and the Department of Agriculture and Forestry will be doing presentations.

SIPHELELE NKETO

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