The plight of the vulnerable people of Platfontein was put in the spotlight once more when food parcels, clothes and blankets were donated to at least ten families on Mandela Day.
The handover was done by Xhunkhwesa Intermediate School Sadtu executives Elmarie Mostert and Faith Binase, who run the soup kitchen project at the clinic in partnership with the newly-established Platfontein Youth group as part of their poverty alleviation programme.
The families were identified as the most vulnerable, as some still sleep on the floor while the homes of others are still without water and electricity.
They are among the families who impatiently look forward to the soup kitchen every Tuesday.
The fortunate event is that the children are able to survive thanks to the school feeding scheme.
Ordinary community members continue to blame their leaders for failing them as they continue to ignore their needs, including those of the youth.
According to Mostert, the poverty rate in the community is taking a toll on the poor, as they frequently have to visit the local clinic due to illnesses like TB.
She further mentioned that not all families can live an affordable lifestyle due to the fact that there are not a lot of elderly people.
“It is a given that most of the families survive through income from old age grants, including child support grants.
“So you can imagine if there are only two to three children in a household, that leaves them with less than a thousand rand income,” explained Mostert.
According to youth leader James Manyeni, who expressed appreciation for the initiative, the best way to empower their community is through the attraction of more businesses and projects to Platfontein so that more opportunities can be created, specifically for the youth.
“The government must listen more to the youth, because they are hungry for improvement and want to live like any other community member,” highlighted Manyeni.
“The integration programmes that the politicians, including the premier, is preaching is non-existent here. That is why we live in incomplete and poor workmanship houses that end up causing us to be sick. They say we are damaging the houses.
“But we blame our leaders, as they are uninformed and do things for their own benefit. They do not care about the community once they are up there.”