Ramphele gets an earful in Alexandra

2013-03-27 15:59
Mamphela Ramphele (Picture: Beeld)

Mamphela Ramphele (Picture: Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Mamphela Ramphele listened intently to Alexandra residents on Wednesday as they spoke about their problems with service delivery, housing and education.

Speaking in Sepedi, a woman complained about a lack of schooling and jobs.

A second woman said she was given an RDP house in extension 10, where she lived with her four children. There were no windows and her children, who had asthma, were getting sick, she complained.

A third woman said she was confused about who to vote for in the next elections. She had voted for the ANC, but felt the party was not doing enough.

The business woman and anti-apartheid activist was visiting the Ratang Bana orphanage on Wednesday. This was part of her organisation Agang's consultation process.

As Ramphele spoke, children squirmed around the gathered crowd and played nearby in a crowded playground.

Onlookers walked off the street to listen as residents addressed the crowd and Ramphele.

Ramphele, flanked on stage by two security guards, and wearing a jacket and floral dress, listened and interacted with the crowd.

A young man in a white Agang T-shirt with the South African flag printed on it asked Ramphele what major economic initiatives Agang had.

He asked how Agang would communicate with the poor.

Ramphele would tour the orphanage and later visit the Alexandra Heritage Centre and the old Mandela house.

Ramphele, an anti-apartheid activist and businesswoman, in February launched what she termed a "party political platform" called Agang SA (Setswana for "build South Africa").

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