Youth Corps members in misery

2015-10-08 10:04
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Pietermaritzburg - Another group of National Rural Youth Service Corps participants have raised concerns over unhygienic conditions they live under.

The Pietermaritzburg Corps members who were sent to an agricultural college in Umzimkhulu complained about the quality of water in the park homes they are accommodated in.

“Sometimes it has worms in it and smells of sewage,” said Nonhlanhla Madondo, one of the participants.

“We get water from a borehole system. Next to that borehole there are two sewerage drainers. We suspect that the borehole also pumps water from the sewerage,” said Madondo.

Having arrived in Umzimkhulu at the beginning of June, Madondo said they often suffer from runny stomachs.

She said she once fell so sick that she had to go to hospital.

From that moment, Madondo said she started buying her own water which she said she cannot afford to do every day. “In this heat I should be drinking litres but what I can I do?” she asked.

The Corps members said when they asked the Youth Corps officials to drink the water they had refused.

Department spokesperson Sipho Dlamini said: “The area is supplied with water from boreholes and is safe to drink. All other students drink the same water.”

Another participant, Minenhle Ndima, said their residence smells bad because of the sewerage drainers that are next to it. “Flies come out of the sewerage and fly into our food,” said Ndima.

Dlamini disputed this claim, saying that the department’s occupational health and safety unit had inspected the accommodation.

Ndima said they have been having their classes in a tiny kitchen.

Dlamini confirmed that the classes are conducted in the park homes in which they are accommodated, but did not aspecify whether it was in a kitchen or not.

The Corps was started by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform in 2011 to train the rural youth through further education and training programmes linked to identified developmental community projects in rural areas

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